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Old October 27th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #801
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I think there are no flights from anywhere in England to LHR excepting perhaps Newcastle. The plan is to use HS2 to feed LHR in 10 years time or so. But the current lack of internal connecting flights in England generally requires regulation to reserve slot pairs for double dailies I think. LHR is critical infrastructure only IF you can get to it.

The Scots are still quite well served to LHR and the Scots Nats will compensate for any Tories who wont vote for R3 in LHR.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 09:52 PM   #802
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There are currently flights from both Manchester and Leeds to LHR with BA together with Newcastle in England.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #803
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There are currently flights from both Manchester and Leeds to LHR with BA together with Newcastle in England.
10 years ago, before the 2007/08 crash, there were over 30 flights a day between Manchester and London airports.
BA (12) & BMI (7) to LHR, BA (7) & Jet2 (2) to LGW and VLM (5) to LCY.
For a while, there were another 2 a day from MAN to STN.

The improvements to the West Coast mainline, diversion of connecting traffic to other hubs (Emirates, Etihad, Cathay, SIA, KLM etc) and the recession killed of most of those services.

Now there are only 9 per day MAN to LHR by BA.


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Old October 29th, 2016, 01:39 AM   #804
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I think that the airlines that specialised in internal routes in the UK up to the 2000s were killed off by the rise of Ryanair and Easyjet, Danair and British Midland come to mind. BA was the only one left standing and they simply redeployed their Heathrow slots to more profitable uses because the Aviation regulator did not set public obligation minima on Heathrow like double dailies to Inverness or Liverpool or indeed Birmingham.

It is this regulatory disconnect between what is evidently Britains most important airport and most of Britain itself that I find so peculiar me. All the slots were left to the poxy market and sod the regions.

In Ireland there are double dailies to Dublin from the 2 most isolated corners and they are subsidised as a public good. There are quite a few double daily routes within Scotland to Edinburgh and sometimes also/instead Glasgow from myriad islands and Inverness.

BA is obliged to maintain at least 14 flights a day from LHR to Dublin for the next 4 years and (a minimum of 8 a day in perpetuity I understand) as their reuse of Aer Lingus owned slots is constrained by contract.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 11:48 PM   #805
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BHX in the future ??

Great to see the BHX team in Chengdu (China) recently spreading the BHX message, hopefully in years to come there work will pay off.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 08:41 PM   #806
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MAEL (Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd)

Budget airline’s engineering arm on the hunt for more technicians to work at giant maintenance hub.

The engineering arm of budget airliner Monarch is creating 75 new jobs at its base at Birmingham Airport.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering, which opened at the airport three years ago this month, says it is planning to expand the team there to 250 staff.

The giant hub, which is big enough to house four football pitches, provides jet maintenance and testing services to Monarch and other companies on a contract basis.

Virtually all of these new positions are for skilled, trained engineers, who carry out maintenance on many different types of aircraft including the latest generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

An increasing number of the workforce is recruited through its apprenticeship programme and the latest intake has just joined, increasing the number of apprentices in training by a third to 29.

In addition to creating jobs at its own facility, Monach Aircraft Engineering says it supports hundreds of positions at more than 20 supplier companies based in the region such as Air Kraft, Blue City Aviation and Monks & Crane.

Monarch was recently forced to deny it was experiencing financial trouble after its Twitter feed was inundated with customers asking if it was going bust.

Chris Dare, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said: “Since we opened our Birmingham facility in 2013, we’ve been proud to play a role in developing skills and talent, and creating jobs in the region.

“Demand for the maintenance services we offer at Birmingham is growing year on year and we have every expectation of creating further new skilled engineering positions in 2017.”
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Old November 9th, 2016, 09:53 PM   #807
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October 2016

Birmingham Airport has seen over a million passengers pass through its terminal for another month making October its twentieth consecutive month of record breaking growth.

In total 1,074,242 passengers were recorded travelling through the airport, up by 16.7% compared to the same month last year – equivalent to over 154,000 more passengers.

Short haul saw the most significant passenger growth rates for the month up by 16.8% year-on-year compared to long haul which increased by 14.4%. This is due to a large percentage of travellers being those going on business trips and half term breaks.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “It’s great to see that we have gone through the autumn season and are entering the busy winter season still delivering month-on-month passenger records.

“October was our sixth consecutive month in which we have served over a million passengers in a single month. We expect this positive trend to continue as we enter the Christmas holiday period.”

Scheduled traffic accounted for over 91% of the total passenger volume for October and saw a 22.3% growth rate compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for 9% of the total.

Caribbean, European and Middle Eastern destinations saw the greatest increase in passengers compared to the same month last year.

Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Madrid (+323.5%), Heraklion (+135.5%), Gran Canaria (+86.3%) and Palma de Mallorca (+80.9%).

Charter destinations with significant growth were Kos (+149.4%), Fuerteventura (+119.1%) and Hurghada (+66.8%)
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Old November 15th, 2016, 11:28 PM   #808
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CSA airlines of the Czech Republic will increase there BHX-Prague to daily flights in S17
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Old November 17th, 2016, 07:43 PM   #809
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New winter 17/18 long haul routes from Thomson.

Goa, India and Phuket, Thailand, both fortnightly.

New weekly cruise flight to La Romana, Dominican Republic operates throughout December and January.
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Old November 17th, 2016, 08:00 PM   #810
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Great new Long haul flights from BHX, both Goa and Phuket are great destinations to have from our airport.

Also being made possible becouse of the longer extended runway which was built a few years ago. Nice one Thomson
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Old November 17th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #811
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Goa is also our third destination in India alongside Delhi and Amritsar.

P.S. I hope that we haven't upset you elsewhere, your contribution is being missed
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Old November 18th, 2016, 09:36 PM   #812
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Goa is also our third destination in India alongside Delhi and Amritsar.

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Hi 30N, Hope you are ok. I needed a break from FFA if im being honest. Certain forumers from other airports spoilt it for me and i wasnt finding it enjoyable. Maybe after some time away i will come back but for the time being i only use it as a source of information.

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Old November 18th, 2016, 10:27 PM   #813
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Hey bud.

I can understand that, I sometimes feel the same way myself. I guess I'm learning to blank out the 'white noise'

As one of the 'original' forumers I do hope that you decide to come back

You take care.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 09:58 PM   #814
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BHX is ready for the world ;-)

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Old November 27th, 2016, 01:20 PM   #815
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Air India Expansion

Thanks to Ray Finkle @ Forums4Airports




Conformation that Air India will return to Toronto. This article says ATQ-DEL-BHX-YYZ but also mentions at least one direct flight to ATQ. The rumour is 13 weekly flights for AI so I guess we'll need to see the schedule when it is released.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has extended the Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham flight to Toronto, said Rajya Sabha MP Shwet Malik, who is also a member of the Aviation Consultative Committee.

He said today Sinha announced that the flight from Amritsar was being extended to Canada. Malik said he was assured that one direct international flight would also be made available to Amritsar airport after the government procured new aircraft.

Earlier, many international flights were withdrawn from the Amritsar airport. Air India had sprung a surprise by discontinuing its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight, which was termed by many as the most successful flight in the annals of the national carrier’s history. The flight, which used to witness over 90 per cent occupancy, was withdrawn on October 31, 2010.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/pu....ik/327559.html
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Old November 29th, 2016, 09:33 PM   #816
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Petition for a new viewing facility at BHX

Sign this petition today to have a new viewing facility for plane enthusiasts at Birmingham Airport.
Not only will this be a popular attraction for plane enthusiasts, it would also educate the people of the West Midlands of what airlines and aircraft visit Birmingham. I am still amazed today in 2016 that people still do not know that you can fly direct from BHX to New York. I am still amazed that people do not know that we have a daily Emirates A380, they still think that our runway is too short and they travel from Manchester. People visiting a new facility like this will see for themselves how BHX is transforming itself into a major airport. It can only become a major airport if people are aware of the flights that are available from the airport.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 08:57 PM   #817
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New Route from Vueling

Paris Orly from March 2017.
Goes upto x6 weekly from June onwards using A321 aircraft


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BHX 13:25 ORY 15:55
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Old December 1st, 2016, 09:45 PM   #818
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A380 @ BHX

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Old December 12th, 2016, 10:07 PM   #819
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November 2016 Passenger Numbers

Birmingham Airport has seen another month of record breaking growth with November figures showing nearly 780,000 passengers travelled through the Midlands airport.

In total 779,583 passengers were recorded giving an increase of 12.5% compared to the same month last year - equivalent to 86,550 more people.

Both long haul and short haul saw similar levels of growth with long haul up by 13% and short haul up by 12.6% year-on-year.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “November tends to be one of our quieter months and so it’s fantastic to see such a healthy rate of growth in the volume of passengers.

“We are now celebrating our twenty first consecutive month of record breaking growth which is great news for the airport and the Midlands region.”

Scheduled traffic accounted for 94% of the total passenger volume for November and saw a 13.8% growth rate compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for 6% of the total.

Caribbean, African, Asian and Middle Eastern destinations saw the greatest increase in passengers compared to the same month last year.

Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Madrid (+350.2%), Banjul (+109.8%), Sal Island (+90.8%), Marrakech (+86.9%) and Budapest (+73.6%).

Charter destinations with significant growth were Montego Bay (+38.9%), Tenerife (+36.5%) and Fuerteventura (+19.1%).

Estimated passenger figures for December show that it’s expected to be another record breaking month and the busiest festive period on record for Birmingham Airport. Between Friday 16th December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 we expect to see over half a million people giving a predicted increase of 21.2% compared to the same period last year.

Popular destinations for passengers jetting off to visit family and friends over Christmas include Scotland and Ireland. Those seeking a bit of winter sun are jetting off to Dubai, Madrid, Montego Bay, Cancun, Tenerife and Lanzarote. The airport will remain open throughout Christmas and New Year, with an estimated 13,590 passengers travelling through on Christmas Day, 82.2% more than last year.

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MONARCH launches Porto for S17

Flights to Porto from Birmingham start on 28 April 2017 and will operate three times a week on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Hundreds of seats on board are on sale from £32 one-way inclusive of taxes and charges.

The city of Porto is a popular destination and will be the fourth Portuguese destination on the Monarch network, alongside Lisbon, which was introduced last summer, Faro and Funchal in Madeira. Renowned for its port wine and architecture, the coastal city of Porto sits in the northwest of the country.

Marjan Schoeke, Monarch’s Head of Network Development, comments: “We are delighted to be announcing Porto as our latest addition to the network from Birmingham Airport. This new route joins Stockholm as an exciting new destination for our customers to visit in summer 2017.

“The announcement of flights to Porto from Birmingham follow on from a successful launch of the route from other bases back in September. It’s the ideal destination for those looking to book the perfect city break.”

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “It is excellent news to see Monarch introducing another popular destination to their choice of routes from Birmingham Airport.

“Porto is a vibrant city with a fascinating history, interesting tourist attractions and great nightlife and so it will appeal to a wide range of our passengers and we are sure it will be a popular summer route.”

Flights and holidays to Porto are available to book from midday today (14 December 2016) at www.monarch.co.uk


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