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Old August 13th, 2016, 04:44 PM   #761
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Satellite would have its own food area. Piers are OK in BHX the congestion is in the food/retail area beyond security to my mind.

Send all the club med flights out to the satellite and it can even close from Nov-Mar when the airport is quieter too.

Edit. Here is the new satellite in Munich..to illustrate.

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Old August 13th, 2016, 05:05 PM   #762
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Looks impressive, obviously on a much smaller scale @ BHX, but yeah hopefully the people in charge of the airport are thinking the same in terms of more space needed at the airport.
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Old August 13th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #763
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One other factor applicable to all UK airports is the outrageous cost of bus transfers. I can arrive in Dublin and pay around £10-15 on the spot to get a bus to pretty much anywhere in Ireland....a quid or two off for online prebooking. If Brum wants to grow steadily it really should get into the bus business itself ....up as far as Manchester and Leeds and down to Gloucester and Oxford.
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Old August 14th, 2016, 06:02 PM   #764
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Manchester and Leeds have been available from BHX for a while now.Online bookings are available through either Stagecoach Megabus or National Express as well as turn up on the day also available.
Service to Oxford is new this summer through The Oxford Bus Company.I think online booking is available on this service.I don't know about turn up on the day fares though,but generally don't tend to be that much.
Stagecoach also serve Bradford and I think Sheffield as well as some Southern cities although not sure which.
Bus/coach services to and from BHX have improved in the last few years,but could be better.However it is down to usage,if they don't get used the they will get taken away.
Don't know about other countries but car is king in the UK.
Many people will much prefer to use their own vehicle or taxi to get to the airport.which of course adds to congestion,which in turn leads to complaints about getting to the check in late.It is a vicious circle that unless a proper integrated public transport policy is introduced and then used by the public it will never improve the travel experience.
For many airports both in the UK and elsewhere you need to get the travelling public out of their own bubble and into more sustainable habit of using public transport.
This is probably true with travel within towns and cities not just to and from airports.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #765
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It is also worth pointing out that BHX has a very good local bus service (900 express bus) that takes you directly outside Birmingham Central Coach station where you can get coaches to anywhere in the UK/Ireland if they are not available direct from BHX.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #766
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Local buses are no good for early or night flights, you need a non stop to the airport itself really.

Anyway the Narional Express bus station in Birmingham is hideous.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 11:14 PM   #767
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Local buses are no good for early or night flights, you need a non stop to the airport itself really.

Anyway the Narional Express bus station in Birmingham is hideous.
Mmmmmmmm have you been to the new National Express bus station ?? When did you last visit Birmingham City Centre ??

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Old August 15th, 2016, 11:21 PM   #768
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sponge bob,when did you last visit Birmingham?I ask as the old coach station was hideous,no argument there.But a new coach station has replaced it.
The new facility is much fresher and user friendly.
I think as far as public transport is concerned,particularly local services,we have a problem in the UK.There is a fair amount of anti-social behaviour on our transport systems.This is one of the reasons many people won't use them,therefore putting companies off operating them,especially outside of daylight hours.
I would be very interested to hear if other cities have this problem.
Longer distance coach services I don't think have this problem,so I think passengers from/to airports are happier to use these services.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #769
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BrumX you just beat me to it
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Old August 15th, 2016, 11:25 PM   #770
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Old August 16th, 2016, 01:02 AM   #771
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Well if anywhere needed a new bus station.....

The biggest bus station in Ireland...between midnight and 6am when traditional operations are closed IS Dublin Airport.

There are 40 buses Dublin-Airport to Galway 130 miles away...in each direction every day. Galway has 80,000 people which is less than Oxford.

These are all 4 years old or less coaches with power and wifi at every seat....not local buses. Thats how you organise airport shuttle services.

Belfast has hourly buses going even at night.

http://www.aircoach.ie/timetables/ro...n-city-express
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Old August 16th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #772
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Well if anywhere needed a new bus station.....

The biggest bus station in Ireland...between midnight and 6am when traditional operations are closed IS Dublin Airport.

There are 40 buses Dublin-Airport to Galway 130 miles away...in each direction every day. Galway has 80,000 people which is less than Oxford.

These are all 4 years old or less coaches with power and wifi at every seat....not local buses. Thats how you organise airport shuttle services.

Belfast has hourly buses going even at night.

http://www.aircoach.ie/timetables/ro...n-city-express
Good stuff, but comparing DUB and BHX is very different. DUB is the only "proper" international airport on the whole island of Ireland. BHX on the other hand is the 7th largest airport in Great Britain and totally overshadowed by the London airports and indeed Manchester. However I understand what you are saying, public transport does indeed need to be improved. BHX is one of the most connected airports in Britain with its own intercity train line directly connected to BHX, trains however can be very expensive at times
which may put some people off from using them.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #773
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Thomson W16/17 Update

Thomson Airways during winter 2016/17 season plans to operate service to Dubai Al Maktoum, using its Boeing 787-8 aircraft from various cities in the UK. Planned operation as follow.

Birmingham – Dubai Al Maktoum 19DEC16 – 14MAR17 1 weekly
TOM576 BHX2220 – 0930+1DWC 787 1
TOM577 DWC1130 – 1535BHX 787 2


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Old August 27th, 2016, 11:10 PM   #774
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Profits up at BHX

Airport's profits soar during successful year
26th August 2016
By Alex Turner - Editor Birmingham Airport

PROFITS at Birmingham Airport have soared by nearly £10m as its passenger numbers continue to set new records.

Revenues reached £130.7m and pre-tax profits were £24.7m in the year to March, with both increasing by £9.7m. It is the first jump in profits in the last three years, a period that has seen revenues increase by £23m.

Dividends paid during the year nearly doubled to £18.1m. The airport is owned by the seven metropolitan boroughs in the West Midlands - which collectively hold 49% - and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which has 48.25%.

Passenger numbers increased 5.5% to a record high of 10.4m during the financial year, the fifth consecutive increase, boosted by 11 new airlines. The airport has maintained its growth in passenger numbers throughout 2016 and is on target to surpass 11m.

Commercial income increased twice as fast as passenger numbers, helped by refurbished Wetherspoon's, Dixons and Next. The airport hopes to continue this momentum with the addition of Joe and the Juice coffee unit and a "significant redevelopment" of its duty free store.

Income from airlines also increased, albeit more slowly, rising 4.0%.

It said the Brexit vote had "introduced uncertainty to the favourable underlying trend" but it was too early to determine its impact
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Old September 4th, 2016, 11:24 AM   #775
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Blue Air are starting a new route to Larnaca from March, 3x weekly on Tue, Thur and Sun.

https://www.birminghamairport.co.uk/...ts-to-larnaca/

Bucharest also goes 3x weekly for winter then up to 4x weekly for S17.

This makes a total of 10x weekly flights from Blue Air, Bucharest 4x weekly, Cluj-Napoca 3x weekly and Larnaca 3x weekly.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 03:31 PM   #776
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From BP -

Birmingham Airport says it has recorded its busiest ever month in its 77-year history with almost 1.3 million passengers recorded during August.

Last month saw a total of 1,285,911 passengers travel through the airport, up by 13 per cent compared to the same month last year - equivalent to over 147,000 more passengers.

The airport also recorded its busiest ever day on August 26 when a total of 45,906 passengers passed through the terminal.

Both long haul and short haul traffic saw significant passenger growth with long haul up by 17.2 per cent and short haul up by 12.5 per cent year-on-year.

Paul Kehoe, chief executive at Birmingham Airport, said: "August was not only our busiest ever month but it was also the fourth consecutive month this year in which we've recorded over a million passengers.

"It's also our 18th consecutive month of record breaking growth, demonstrating that travellers are taking advantage of Birmingham Airport's ease of access and choice of flights.

"September is expected to also be a busy month as we welcome back business travellers after the summer holidays and those choosing to go on holiday outside of the school holiday period.

"We look forward to welcoming these passengers as we enter the autumn travel period."

Scheduled traffic accounted for 87 per cent of the total passenger volume for August and saw a 25.3 per cent growth compared to the same month last year.

Charter traffic accounted for 13 per cent of the total.

Destinations which saw the greatest year-on-year growth rate were those in the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #777
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Bad news though im afraid AA will stop its BHX-JFK route from January 2017.

This will leave United as the only other US Carrier at BHX flying to Newark EWR.

The future does not look rosy at all for US carriers from any UK regional airport, United have gone from Newcastle, United have only stayed at Belfast becouse the Northern Ireland Govt is giving them 3 million pounds a year subsidy to keep the route going. MAN-JFK is being suspended Jan-Mar 2017 and the reliability on there Chicago ORD route this summer has been dreadful.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 06:41 PM   #778
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Bad news though im afraid AA will stop its BHX-JFK route from January 2017.

United have only stayed at Belfast becouse the Northern Ireland Govt is giving them 3 million pounds a year subsidy to keep the route going. MAN-JFK is being suspended Jan-Mar 2017 and the reliability on there Chicago ORD route this summer has been dreadful.
I think that almost all US and Canada flights in winter will be via Dublin or London for all the north of England pretty soon, although either MAN or BHX must surely have enough business for a year round JFK service of all places. Edinburgh should keep a year round JFK though.

By the self same logic Dublin will never develop any more than a mere handful of Asian routes and people going thataway will transit in UK/NL or even in Scandinavia in future.
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Old September 9th, 2016, 07:29 PM   #779
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My Norweigan 737 that i travelled on to Gran Canaria 01/09/2016

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PIA bringing premium service to BHX ??

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