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Old March 26th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #101
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Old March 26th, 2011, 01:35 PM   #102
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That's good news.

One thing i've wanted to know is on which days does PIA currently operate on? I know the weekend is two of them, the other two are sometime during the week. The reason I want to know this is so I can check booking websites to see if there is a fifth weekly flight any time soon.

Has anyone heard anything else on the rumour mill? Any news about new services or construction around the airport? If anyone knows anything (source or no source) then please tell us.
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Old March 26th, 2011, 02:14 PM   #103
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hassan, if people had rumours to tell, they would have!
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Old March 26th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #104
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Here's a summary of news we've heard so far:

- Air India are close to announcing a three weekly DEL-BHX service, operated by an A330-200 starting October.

- Both Monarch and Air Transat are starting weekly services between BHX and YYZ, both on Airbus A330-200's.

- Within' the Long Stay 1 car park adjacent to the remote parking stands (the 20's stands), a small viewing area is being created. The area is being cleared of grass etc and replaced with gravel along with the removal of the double fence and wind breakers.

- In a few months, a decision is due to be made on a 'hub' for Air India USA and Canada flights, either BHX or DUB.

- Construction work began earlier this month on a 1296 ft runway extension, which will increase the length of the airport's main runway from 8547ft to 9843ft, with an additional starter strip to provide a maximum takeoff run of 10,335 ft. Along side this, work on a new control tower commenced the same day, as a result of the increased airport land area.

- Construction on a new satellite pier to the north of the current terminal, aimed to complement the recent increase in capacity as a result of the new International Pier, is also planned and due to commence construction in 2012.

On the day the A380 came to BHX, it came in full and left with 325, out of 489. If it left full, what difference would it have made?

I think someone should start a BHX Thread on Airliners.net for people to share news/rumours they've heard?

If anyone has heard any rumours about BHX please don't hesitate to share it here.

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Old March 26th, 2011, 11:57 PM   #105
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[QUOTE=Hassaan13;74969823]Here's a summary of news we've heard so far:

- Construction work began earlier this month on a 1296 ft runway extension, which will increase the length of the airport's main runway from 8547ft to 9843ft, with an additional starter strip to provide a maximum takeoff run of 10,335 ft. Along side this, work on a new control tower commenced the same day, as a result of the increased airport land area.

Hassan, I think there would be a lot more posts if the runway extension had begun.. beleive me it hasn't started yet..
As for a rumour thread please spare us , we'll end up with people claiming the whole world is going to start flying to BHX
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #106
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Here's a summary of news we've heard so far:

- Construction work began earlier this month on a 1296 ft runway extension, which will increase the length of the airport's main runway from 8547ft to 9843ft, with an additional starter strip to provide a maximum takeoff run of 10,335 ft. Along side this, work on a new control tower commenced the same day, as a result of the increased airport land area.

Hassan, I think there would be a lot more posts if the runway extension had begun.. beleive me it hasn't started yet..
As for a rumour thread please spare us , we'll end up with people claiming the whole world is going to start flying to BHX
Well, I heard it off AirlineEmpire, where you'll find something called BHXtoday. It explains it there. It was likely to be a rumour, as it hasn't been in the news.

It's not all a rumour thread, it's a news & discussion thread aswell.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #107
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It's a game and it's no more reliable than any other BHX blogs.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 02:17 PM   #108
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Air India still eyeing up BHX as european hub.

Air India eyes Dublin as its transatlantic hub
26 March 2011
The Irish Times

FLYING:A DELEGATION from Air India is expected to visit Dublin Airport in the next month with a view to making Terminal 2 its transatlantic hub.

Air India used to route five flights a day through Frankfurt en route to North America but has since withdrawn, complaining of a lack of capacity and a high cost per passenger.

Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar was in India for St Patrick’s Day along with Dublin Airport Authority chief executive Declan Collier to try and secure Terminal 2 as an Air India hub.

The contract with Air India is up for grabs. Seven European airports were considered. Dublin is in the final two. The other is believed to be Birmingham Airport.

Birmingham has a large population base and a big Indian community, but a spokesman for the DAA said it had a “very compelling offer” as landing charges at Dublin Airport were among the lowest in Europe.

T2 also has a Custom and Border Protection pre-clearance facility for the United States. This would mean that Air India passengers could go on to regional airports in the US without having to go through customs again.

The potential move opens up the prospect of direct flights between Ireland and India for the first time creating a new tourism market in both directions.

Varadkar said Irish tourists travelling to Australia and New Zealand would be able to use Delhi rather than Dubai as a stopover point.

Ireland and India are now working on a bilateral Air Services Agreement and freedom rights which allow an airline to pick up and fly passengers from one foreign destination to another. Though India is already a popular tourism destination for Irish visitors, Tourism Ireland has identified India as a huge emerging tourism market with a growing middle class.

It said it will lobby the Department of Justice and Law Reform to facilitate a stopover visa in Ireland for Indian travellers en route to the US.

An office to facilitate Indian visitors to Ireland was opened in February 2004 and a training programme for Indian travel agents, known as Shamrock Agents, has made some of the key players familiar with Ireland. Tourism Ireland believes there is a lot of potential in India’s growing golfing market which already attracts between 500 and 1,000 Indian golfers a year to Ireland, most of whom are among the wealthiest strata of Indian society. Organisers of golf tours believe that market could grow to 10,000 golfers a year within five years.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 02:19 PM   #109
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The above would make Hassans day if BHX was chosen. God help us, Lol
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Old March 27th, 2011, 02:41 PM   #110
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It'll be interesting to see which way this goes.

While Birmingham may have the advantage of the greater population (not specifically speaking of the city), Dublin will no doubt have the backing of the national government who may be prepared to make them more attractive.

I think this may just swing in Birmingham's favour.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #111
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You would hope this is the sort of link BHX are pulling out all the stops to secure.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #112
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Even though Dublin's runway is only 38m longer than BHX's.

Though they require lower landing fees and have handled more passengers than BHX, about 10 million more.

We'll just hope that BHX is trying to secure this. If not, maybe another airline which won't fail, will come round, AI, QR, EY or a US carrier.

In regards to Brum X's comment, I think it will make every Midlands resident of Indian decent's day!
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Old March 27th, 2011, 10:04 PM   #113
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Just a question but has Ryaniar connected BHX to Kaunas (Lithuania) before as they are showing this as a new destination along with Trieste and Fuerteventura.

Always fancied going to some of these Ex soviet union countries.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #114
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an interesting article tahnks brumx

no idea of when an announcement willl be due though
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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #115
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Just a question but has Ryaniar connected BHX to Kaunas (Lithuania) before as they are showing this as a new destination along with Trieste and Fuerteventura.

Always fancied going to some of these Ex soviet union countries.
Yes I went to Kaunas last Autumn with Ryanair and I've been to Trieste with them last summer
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Old March 28th, 2011, 07:02 PM   #116
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Going down...


Always felt there was a lot more mileage in the old logo.

I prefer it.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 08:47 PM   #117
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Potential European routes from Birmingham

Another interesting report which i like, this report focuses on european destinations not currently served from Birmingham airport and why they should.


New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Rome
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 236,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Largest unserved market from BHX catchment
Madrid
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 184,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Untapped hub potential as route has not been served effectively with IB code on it.
Warsaw
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 141,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Over 6,000 passengers were carried on BHX-WAW during August 2008 - yet it is now unserved!
Berlin
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 135,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) ideal route for low-cost or full service airline.
Cologne
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 118,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Smaller than Berlin's potential, but with a higher business class component.
Bergamo
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 108,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Highest inbound traffic (50%) potential of these routes listed here.
Valencia
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 102,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Despite having one of the largest potential markets this route has never been served direct from Birmingham.
Budapest
- Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 98,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) This route has the highest business class (37%) potential of these routes listed here.
Lisbon
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 96,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Untapped hub potential as route has not been served effectively with TP code on it.
Salzburg
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 92,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Despite being a ski destination this route has year round potential.
Venice
Annual market from BHX 1-hour catchment of 88,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 07) Predominantly (93%) UK-originating traffic on this route.
Athens
Annual market from BHX 1-hr catchment of 89,000 (CAA Survey Statistics 06), ideal for low freq (2xw).
Other major reasons to serve this airport


Birmingham's 60 minute catchment is 8m - about the same size as the population of Austria.
Less than 40% of the local catchment that originates within one-hour of the Airport is actually served by the airlines presently serving Birmingham. The remaining 60% of the market therefore represents a genuine opportunity for a new operator to grow rather than "raiding" passengers from other airlines already operating at the airport.
Economic output of the region is £63bn (approaching EUR100bn) - 8.2% of the total UK GDP (the GDP of the Czech Republic is smaller).
Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe with 37% of the population under 24.
Birmingham is one of the most ethnically-mixed cities in the UK, with significant Pakistani, Indian, Afro-Caribbean, Irish, Bangladeshi and Chinese communities.
As well as having one of Europe's leading retail and entertainment city centres in Birmingham, in terms of attractions the UK's Midlands boasts historic Warwick, home of Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon, the UK's biggest theme park Alton Towers, the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge and the tranquil beauty of the Cotswolds.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #118
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More info on:

http://www.therouteshop.com/birmingham-airport/
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Old March 29th, 2011, 08:56 PM   #119
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ive seen this web page before, its gutting that few airlines seem to take any notice lol
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Old March 30th, 2011, 01:25 AM   #120
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Just a question but has Ryaniar connected BHX to Kaunas (Lithuania) before as they are showing this as a new destination along with Trieste and Fuerteventura.

Always fancied going to some of these Ex soviet union countries.

Use Regent Holidays mate if u want to go to ex soviet countries. My brother Carl Meadows works for them. He generally does north Korea (yes North), Uzbekistan, Tajikistan etc, well u will see all the places.

He recently went on the tour to Chernobyl. He says it's brilliant.
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