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BIA Announces Second Daily Service To Dubai

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) today (Wednesday) announced that a second daily service to Dubai, with Emirates, will begin operating on the 1st June 2005. This additional departure from Birmingham, EK038, will depart at 2155 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 0745 hours. The return flight, EK038, from Dubai to Birmingham will depart at 1545 hours and arrive in Birmingham 2015 hours.
This new service, with its operating times, is ideal for onward connections to destinations such as Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Johannesburg and Nairobi. These flights will be operated by a state of the art 285-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Commenting on the new service, Peter Vella, the Airport’s Business Development Director added: “This new second service from Emirates is an excellent boost to the community and shows the demand that exists within the region for flights to the airline’s growing hub in Dubai. With the later flight times this service opens up a new market with improved onward connections to the Indian Sub Continent, Far East and Australia. Emirates has chosen to expand its presence at BIA at an exciting time, with the addition of a second daily Continental Airlines service to New York earlier this year as well as announcements relating to new services to the Middle East and Asia.”
Tim Clark, President, Emirates said: "When we launched our Birmingham route in December 2000, we knew it would do well, and so it has, in no small way thanks to the strength of our reputation and excellence of our in-flight service. Our expansion continues apace as more and more people want to experience Emirates' award-winning customer service. Dubai offers both a fantastic destination - be that for tourism or commerce - and a perfect geographical point to break long journeys, with connections to countless other destinations that lie further a field on the Emirates' network."
Emirates second service complements the already existing daily 1400 hours departure operation between Birmingham and Dubai. For more information on Emirates please see www.emirates.com/uk <http://www.emirates.com/uk>


Air India To Launch Services From Birmingham

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) today (Tuesday) welcomed news that India’s flagship carrier, Air India, will launch direct scheduled services between Birmingham, India and Canada from Sunday 15th May 2005. Birmingham will be the airline’s only UK base outside London. The service, which originates in Delhi, will provide the only direct scheduled service between Amritsar, Birmingham and Toronto.
The flight schedule will be as follows:
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - Arrive into Birmingham from Delhi & Amritsar at 17:15. Depart from Birmingham for Toronto at 18:45;
Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays – Arrive into Birmingham from Toronto at 11:10. Depart Birmingham for Amritsar & Delhi at 12:30.
Peter Vella, BIA’s Business Development Director, said: “This is great news for BIA and the whole region. This will be our 12th long haul scheduled destination and will open up a whole new range of opportunities for people wanting to reach Canada, India and beyond from the Midlands.
“Although the range of services and destinations from Birmingham are growing annually, we still only handle around 50% of the potential regional market. It is therefore excellent news that Air India has chosen to set up its second UK base in Birmingham, a development which has the potential demand for further growth in the future.”
Captain A.K Sharma, Regional Director UK & Europe for Air India commented, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to serve three major demand centres and connect people throughout India with the UK and Canada. We believe there is a large market for these routes, particularly from those wanting to easily reach friends and relatives in India and Canada from the Midlands, and we also expect the business and leisure traveller in all three centres to benefit from our operation. We very much look forward to working with Birmingham Airport, and I’m sure this will be the start of a very successful partnership.”
The airline will operate a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the Birmingham route, which holds 284 passengers in a mixed configuration.
Fares start from £299 to India and £110 to Toronto plus taxes. Bookings can be made by calling the airline’s reservations number on 020 8560 9996, and Air India’s consolidators/travel agents.


March Passenger Figures

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) handled 658,269 passengers in March, a slight fall of 1.2% on the same month last year.
Despite the overall fall, charter traffic grew by 5.7% during the month as tour operators increased capacity from Birmingham for the Easter period, which fell earlier this year than usual. The most popular charter destinations were Cyprus (+123.9%), Bulgaria (+68.7%), Austria (+61.7%), Switzerland (+15.3%), France (+14.5%) and Italy (+7.2%).

Although the number of scheduled passengers fell by 2.9% overall during March, growth was achieved on transatlantic routes which experienced a 34.1% rise, on domestic services which grew by 6.7%, and on flights to Asia which saw an increase of 4.9%.
Other scheduled routes which saw a rise in traffic over the month were, Prague (+127.8%), Larnaca (+93.7%), Milan (+71.5%), Bratislava (+19.7%), Edinburgh (18.8%), Amsterdam (+18%), Munich (+9.5%) and Zurich (+7.7%).
Scheduled traffic accounted for 79.6% of the total March figure while charter passengers made up the remaining 20.4%.
 
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are thoes March figures more than a year after that airline went bust, i.e. are you still experiencing a fall in numbers even after the failed airline?

P.S.March had easter in this year, so most airports were artificially boosted by this, but have posted slightly worse April figures.
 

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Hi Nobby, I was grabbing info from www.bhx.co.uk and posted a couple of news items, to get the ball rolling. I'll have a look again for April.
The failed airline was called Duo, but BHX has since brought in:
bmibaby
Monarch Scheduled
German wings
Alitalia
and has expanded a lot through Flybe.

I'd like to update this every week or so though.
Hopefully BHX will get 10 million passengers in the next year or so.
 

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This document outlines BHX's proposals for expansion. There is a nice schematic plan showing the fully expanded airport.

http://www.bhx.co.uk/Planning/91.pdf

A wide spaced short runway at Birmingham will offer the best option for the long term.
This development will be incremental and will include an extension to the existing main runway
with the second runway being constructed only when demand arises - the most logical solution.
A package of mitigation measures can be put together which would make the wide spaced short
runway option acceptable in environmental terms and would include:
• A short second runway of 2000m length (as opposed to 2600m indicated in
Government’s consultation document).
• Second runway use limited to small (up to say 100 seats) and, therefore, quieter aircraft
e.g. Noise Quota 0.5.
• Second runway not required for night-time operations.
• Retention of SSSI sites, saving over 50% of the green belt area.
• Adoption of Regional Reference Case (RRC) forecasts ie. no south-east overspill traffic
means that the site for terminals and aprons does not impinge on Bickenhill village
• No loss of properties in Catherine-de-Barnes.
The Birmingham Alternative
In order to meet
• A second runway of 2000m length (as opposed to 2600m indicated in Government’s
consultation document).
• Second runway use limited to small (up to say 100 seats) and, therefore, quieter aircraft
e.g. Noise Quota 0.5.
• Second runway not required for night-time operations.
• Retention of SSSI sites, saving over 50% of the green belt area lost in the Government’s
proposal.
• Preservation of Bickenhill Conservation Area.
• Adoption of Regional Reference Case (RRC) forecasts ie. no south-east overspill traffic means
that the site for terminals and aprons does not impinge on Bickenhill village
• No loss of properties in Catherine-de-Barnes.
 

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well theres some good news

Air India launched its Toronto - Birmingham - Amristar - Delhi route yesturday at BHX.

very good news to start with, the B777 will do with full route 3 times a week and going daily later on the year...the first 10 flights are already fully booked!
 

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heres a picture showing all the long haul routes (outside europe) that BHX flies to this summer. its slowly getting better i think..... we just need either a south america or far eastern route.



Routes include:

BARBADOS,
**Bridgetown (new) 767

CANADA,
**Toronto (new 2nd service) 757, 777

DOMINICAN REP,
**Puerto Plata 767

EGYPT
**Hurghada (new) 757
**Luxor (new) 757
**Marsa Alam (new) 757
**Sarm El Sheikh (new) 757
**Taba (new) 757

INDIA,
**Amristar (new) 777
**Dehli (new) 777
**Gao (new) 777

IRAN,
**Tehran A310

MEXICO,
**Cancun 767

PAKISTAN,
**Islamabad A310

TUNISIA,
**Monastir 757

TURKMENISTAN,
**Ashgabat 757

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES,
**Dubai (new 2nd service) 777

UNITED STATES AMERICA,
**New York 757
**Orlando Sanford 767

UZBEKISTAN,
**Tashkent 757
 

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well our runway is only 2,700m long which is quite short for a international airport. we can take B747 and big jets like A340 but only with limited cargo. we used to have a daily 747 PIA but this was replaced with 2 daily A310s....... the problem is, to travel to either sydney of LAX, they would have to be fully loaded with fuel and the plane woulnt be able to take off on our runway.....it is for this reason that we need a longer runway and soon if we want to continue our expansion

plans are to develop a 10,004ft runway (3030m) which would be big enough for every aircraft in the skies (including the A380) and then to build a second runway at arounf 2500m to relieve the main runway....however, this will not be totally complete, along with a new terminal till atleast 2016.

however, there is some light at the end of the tunnel....with improved efficiency, new plans like the B777 and the B7E7, they will be able to fly further then aver with less fuel.....hense why we can still fly to india and canada with our short runway!
 

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Fair enough, what's the size of the airport (in hectares or acres)?
I thought A380 needed 11000ft (3352m) of runway...

I know most airports in UK have single runways, but not familiar with Birmingham. Being close to Midlands, any aerials (not sure if there is any on airliners.net)?
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thats because their isnt much room for expansion without demolishing things and re-routing roads!!!!!

here are the plans that the government proposed happen to birmingham airport. it included the expansion of the 2 current terminals, the construction of 2 more terminals, the extension of the existing runway to 3030m and the construction or a second 3030m widespaced runway.

as well as this, the plans included re-routing the main road to the south and creating a new motorwaty junction......and this is wat the goverment wanted lol


rotate this pic clockwise and you should be able to get a better idea of the plans...

these proposals would have made birmingham the 3rd largest airport in the country by 2020 after the extended heathrow and extended standsted......... however, this also included the total demolition of the village of bickenhill, the demolition of half of the villages of hampton-in-arden and catherine-de-barnes, the the destruction of a SSSI and 2 graveyards........


so as that would cause too much trouble, birmingham international airport came up with this sollution.

it includes the construction of 1 new termal and the expansion of the existing terminals, the extension of the existing runway to 3030m the the construction of a new wide spaced runway at 2200-2500m.....



this would result in the re-routing of the main road under a tunnel but the village of bickenhill would be saved..... allong with all sites of SSSI and all churches and graveyards...i believe only 10 house would have to be demolished....which are all owned by BIA anyway....

however, although the runways wouldnt be as big, it would still have the third highest runway and passanger capacity in the UK after heathrow and standsted!
 
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however, although the runways wouldnt be as big, it would still have the third highest runway and passanger capacity in the UK after heathrow and standsted!
Why are you comparing passenger capacity to the expanded Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick but comparing it to Manchester as it is now? Manchester airport is predicted to be handling 45 million passengers per annum by 2030, with capacity in place to deal with over 75 million, which would be the third highest in the country, ahead of Birmingham. Birmingham is predicted to be handling around 35 million ppa by 2030 with a capacity of around 60 million, assuming they manage to get their second runway.
 

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lol early bird, stop stressing......i havent even mentioned gatwick airport.

the reason why heathrow, standsted and then birmingham will have the highest airpor capacity is due to its runway layout.

these three airports, assuming everything goes to plan, will be the only airports in the country which will have wide spaced runways......ie runways which are so far apoart they can be used independantly of each other....currently only heathrow has this but if the governments paper is fully impliments, birmingham and stansted will also have this.

as a result, even though airports like manchester may have 2 full length runways, only one can be used at anyone time. as a result, it does not have the aircraft capacity of airports which have 2 runways independant to eachother. i accept birminghams 2nd runway will not be able to hold all plane, i believe 767 will eb the max on the 2nd runway, but with 2 runways, it will have a larger movement capacity than airports like manchester and gatwick
 
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the reason why heathrow, standsted and then birmingham will have the highest airpor capacity is due to its runway layout.

these three airports, assuming everything goes to plan, will be the only airports in the country which will have wide spaced runways......ie runways which are so far apoart they can be used independantly of each other....currently only heathrow has this but if the governments paper is fully impliments, birmingham and stansted will also have this.

as a result, even though airports like manchester may have 2 full length runways, only one can be used at anyone time. as a result, it does not have the aircraft capacity of airports which have 2 runways independant to eachother. i accept birminghams 2nd runway will not be able to hold all plane, i believe 767 will eb the max on the 2nd runway, but with 2 runways, it will have a larger movement capacity than airports like manchester and gatwick
But Birmingham's terminals will not be capable of handling the 90 million ppa limit imposed by Manchester's runway layout so how will it have a higher passenger capacity? Passenger capacity is restricted by runways and terminals. Seeing as neither Manchester's nor Birmingham's terminals would be capable of fully utilising Manchester's runways in 2030 it's all rather academic. Because of this, it's entirely down to terminal capacity. Manchester airport's terminals will be higher capacity than Birmingham's, as they are right now.

Of course, all this is assuming BHX actually manages to get some passenger growth, which it hasn't managed for over a year now, and it's also assuming that other airports in the vicinity don't take it's passengers (Manchester Airport Group has quite extensive expansion plans for it's East Midlands Airport, which it bought with the aim of directly competing with BHX if needed).
 

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but whats the point in having different terminal capcacities to runway capacities because then the capcity can't be carried through, so for example if the runways can take planes collectively with 60m and the terminal with 90m, 30m of that is uselss, unless the runway capacity is increased.
 

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when i refered to aircraft and passenger, i was refering to movements (ie more aircraft, more people) not directly to terminal capacity. however, as you can see from the proposals, terminal capacity will also increase by nearly 300%

bhx does not have to worry about east midlands airport as it stated that the main expansion for the midlands is to occur in BHX and not NEMA. infact the government have blocked any plans for the foreseeable future for a new runway to be built in NEMA and have limited them to terminal expension only. also, NEMA does not seem to attract the large scheduled carriers it was aimed for...... Air India, Pakistand International, Continental, Emirates, Mahan Air, Turkmenistan Airlines and Uzbekistan Airways have all chosen BHX even if we have a shorter runway to NEMA

one thing you appear to have overlooked also is the proposed expansion of Milton Keynes to because th 2nd largest city in the UK over the next 30-40 years. Now as we know, there are no new airports proposed in the area for the next 30 years and funnily enough, the two closest airports to the area (BHX and STN) are able to have new runways........ it may well be the case that BHX will not only have to serve birmingham but also a huge new city.
 
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but whats the point in having different terminal capcacities to runway capacities because then the capcity can't be carried through, so for example if the runways can take planes collectively with 60m and the terminal with 90m, 30m of that is uselss, unless the runway capacity is increased.
Yes, that is true, it would be ridiculous to have more terminal capacity than runway capacity. What I am talking about is more runway capacity than terminal capacity though, which is quite important if you are intending to expand in the near future. Manchester's runways won't become a bottleneck until about 2050 assuming Airbus are wrong about the A380. If they're right, however, Manchester might be able to stretch it out until 2060-2070. By that time they'll quite probably be considering a new runway to replace runway one anyway as it'd be somewhere around 100 years old!
 
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