FC Barcelona fly into Birmingham Airport on Cello Boeing 737 G-MISG for their visit to St George's Park

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi walk from the Marshall Aviation Services Terminal at Birmingham Airport Photo: FCB

FC Barcelona - the current Spanish La Liga Champions - flew into Birmingham Airport on Monday

at the start of a week's training at the FA's St George's Park facility in Staffordshire....

.... the first team - including Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi - arrived from Barcelona on board
Cello Boeing 737-3L9 G-MISG which is in a 62 seat VIP configuration

.... parking at the Marshall Aviation Services VIP Terminal on the Elmdon apron

.... and where soon on their way to St George's Park - The FA National Football Centre

Monday 25 July 2016

Monday 18 July 2016 - Vueling Airbus A320-232 EC-LZM operates their flight to Alicante

Vueling Airbus A320-232 EC-LZM operated their flight to Alicante....

.... departing off Runway 33 - its first visit to BHX

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-FJP operated their flight to Malaga in place
of AirExplore Boeing 737-8AS OM-GEX which usually operates this service

Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLA was an evening departure operating a freight charter to Sofia

Gulfstream N85V made a brief evening visit to the Elmdon apron arriving
from Lansing, Michigan, before continuing onto Stansted
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Tuesday 12 July 2016 - Rose Air Antonov 26B LZ-ABJ is a morning arrival operating a charter from Leipzig

Rose Air Antonov 26B LZ-ABJ was a morning arrival operating a freight charter from Leipzig....

.... parking up to night stop on the Elmdon apron Photos: Ron Kosys

.... and joining Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL and Bin Air Metro III D-CSAL
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Wednesday 6 July 2016

RAF Airbus A400M Atlas C1 ZM403 made two low approaches and go arounds Photo: Mike Hollick

Friday 1 July 2016 - Egyptian Air Force CASA C-295M SU-BSE/1188 is a lunchtime arrival from Rome

Egyptian Air Force CASA C-295M SU-BSE/1188 was a lunchtime arrival from Rome....

.... parking up on Stand 77 for a weekend stay Photo: Mike Hollick
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Thursday 23 June 2016 - Air Berlin Airbus A320-214 D-ABNY operates return charter to Stuttgart

Air Berlin "Sharklet" Airbus A320-214 D-ABNY positioned in from Berlin Tegel....

.... to operate the return charter to Stuttgart via Dusseldorf

.... its first visit to BHX

Air France Airbus A320-214 F-GKXS operated their delayed morning service to Paris CDG....

.... the aircraft has recently been repainted into "Skyteam" colours

AlbaStar Boeing 737-4K5 EC-LNC operated their IT/inclusive tour flight to Palma

Norwegian Boeing 737-8JP EI-FHS operated their flight to Madrid

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EOY operated their flight from Dubai while....

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 A7-BCU operated their flight from Doha - its first visit to BHX

Challenger 650 HB-JSF was an evening arrival when it positioned over from Coventry

DC Aviation Citation XLS+ D-CNNN was a day stopping visitor from Stuttgart on the Elmdon apron
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Solihull dancers enter Dance World Cup with help from Birmingham Airport Trust Fund‏

Andy Holding, Birmingham Airport’s Corporate Responsibility Manager, with dancers from Spotlight Stage School
Birmingham Airport has awarded Spotlight Stage School, based in North Solihull, with a grant to
support them in representing England at the 2016 Dance World Cup in Jersey later this month

Spotlight is an independent part-time stage school where aspiring performers can train in all
aspects of theatre arts. Starting with just 60 pupils the school now provides tuition to over
400 youngsters on a weekly basis

Vicky Richards, Principal and Founder of Spotlight, said: "Pupils attend classes for fun and fitness,
to make friends, to increase self-confidence or with a view to becoming a professional performer
or teacher of theatre arts. There is no audition to become a member as there are different classes
to cater for all ability ranges"

"We are totally overwhelmed to receive this grant and extremely grateful to Birmingham Airport’s
Trustees. The money will help us with the cost of the outfits that will be required for various
competitions, particularly the Dance World Cup this month"

Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport, said: "The Trustees decided
to award Spotlight with this funding as Vicky and the team do an incredible job to teach young people
to dance to a very high standard. The dedication and commitment shown by both teachers and pupils
is heart-warming and the opportunities these children receive are life changing. This is very much in
line with our Corporate Responsibility Strategy of developing local communities and promoting health
and wellbeing in the area"

"We wish them a huge amount of luck in the Dance World Cup and we look forward to hearing about
how many medals they bring home this year"

The funding awarded, forms part of the Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund which awards
grants of up to £3,000 to community groups in areas most affected by the Airport’s operations. Each
year the airport contributes £75,000 to the Community Trust Fund. Additionally any charges made
to airlines which breach night noise regulations, are added to the fund

The next available round of Trust Fund awards will be made in October 2016. The closing date
for receiptof completed applications is Friday 26 August 2016. More information is available 

on the Birmingham Airport www site here

Monday 27 June 2016
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AlbaStar launch new weekly flights for the summer from Birmingham Airport to Palma de Mallorca‏

AlbaStar, the Spanish charter airline, has launched two series of weekly flights from Birmingham
Airport to Palma de Mallorca for the summer season for two leading UK Tour Operators

Flights on Wednesday and Sunday are operated on behalf of online travel agency "On The Beach"
- http://www.onthebeach.co.uk - with flights on Thursday operating on behalf of Thomson Holidays

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Director, said: "We are very pleased to be welcoming
AlbaStar – our twelfth new airline in the space of just over a year, to Birmingham Airport"

"Palma de Mallorca is a very well-known and extremely popular holiday destination from Birmingham
Airport. When this is combined with the great on board service and very reasonable seat prices AlbaStar
offer, we are sure this will be a popular route and we look forward to seeing it flourish at Birmingham"

AlbaStar use Boeing 737-400s on all their flights from Birmingham
Michael Harrington, Managing Director of AlbaStar, said: "We are very pleased to start this new initiative
at Birmingham Airport which we now hope becomes the central platform for our UK AlbaStar operations. 
Birmingham is ideally geographically situated and the airport has an excellent rail link

AlbaStar schedule from 21 May to 29 October 2016

0920/1020 AP6467/6468 734 from/to Palma
- operates on Thursday to 29.9.16
1900/2000 AP423/424 734 from/to Palma
- operates on Wednesday and Saturday

Wednesday 15 June 2016
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Turkish Airlines increases their flights from Istanbul to Birmingham Airport to double daily

Turkish Airlines has increased the frequency of its services between Birmingham and Istanbul
to twice daily with the addition of a Tuesday morning service increasing the volume of seats on
sale from the Midlands and now providing 289 onward global connections from Istanbul

The airline has experienced a significant level of growth since it started operating from
Birmingham Airport with five services a week to Istanbul in December 2008. By increasing
its frequency every year, the airline has now reached 14 flights weekly

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, added, "I congratulate the Turkish Airlines
team on doing a great job here in the region and increasing passenger numbers year-on-year,
and for further committing to Birmingham Airport and the wider region"

"Turkish Airlines is an award winning carrier and long-standing partner of ours which has gone
from strength to strength serving hundreds of thousands of passengers from our catchment.
The Turkish Airlines in-flight product is first class and extremely popular with its customers,
which is demonstrated by more and more people choosing to experience the service, reliability
and affordability it offers from Birmingham and beyond"

Turkish Airlines use Boeing 737s on their twice daily service from Istanbul
Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines, said, "Birmingham Airport is
a hugely successful base for us and we have grown significantly over the past eight years. This
double daily service gives passengers even more choice and with 289 onward destinations via
Istanbul throughout the Middle East, the Far East and Africa, Birmingham Airport really is the
gateway to the world with our award winning airline"

Turkish Airlines schedule from Tuesday 31 May 2016 

0940/1040 TK1967/1968 73H from/to Istanbul
- operates daily
1600/1700 TK1969/1970 73H from/to Istanbul
- operates daily

Actual aircraft types subject to change!!

Tuesday 31 May 2016

Tuesday 24 May 2016 - Sunwing Boeing 737-86J C-FWGH arrives from Toronto to fly for Thomson

Sunwing Boeing 737-86J C-FWGH was an early evening arrival from Toronto - the aircraft
will be based at BHX for the main summer season operating on behalf of Thomson

Danish Air Transport MD 83 OY-RUE operated the morning SAS flight from Copenhagen....

.... the aircraft had been based at BHX during the 2015 summer season

KLM cityhopper Embraer 175 PH-EXG operated their mid-morning service from Amsterdam

Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL was an afternoon departure to Prestwick
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Friday 20 May 2016 - HondaJet HA-420 M-HNDA arrives on delivery to Marshall Aviation Services

Marshall Aviation Services took delivery of their HondaJet HA-420 demonstrator M-HNDA....

.... the aircraft was greeted by a water canon salute from the Birmingham Airport
Fire Service when it arrived from the US via Iceland and Wick Photos: Mike Hollick

.... it is due to be displayed at "EBACE2016" the European Business Aviation
Convention and Exhibition at Geneva Airport next week Photo: Brett Allen 
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Wizz Air makes more of Central and Eastern Europe accessible direct from Birmingham Airport‏

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has recently celebrated
inaugural flights to three new destinations from Birmingham Airport, adding Sofia, Bucharest
and Wroclaw to its list of low-fare destinations means that the airline now serves Poland,
Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary from Birmingham

The beautiful Polish city of Wroclaw is accessible twice a week from Birmingham Airport with
flights on Mondays and Fridays. The city is famous for having more than 100 bridges and one
of the largest urban squares in Poland

The capital city of Sofia, the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, departs twice weekly on a
Sunday and Wednesday making it easy to explore this ancient city. Founded thousands of years
ago, today the capital continues to develop as the country’s cultural and economic centre

Bucharest, the bustling metropolis of Romania’s capital city, known for its tree-lined boulevards,
glorious buildings and many fantastic bars and restaurants can now be visited twice a week. The
route will depart Birmingham Airport on a Wednesday and Sunday

Wizz operated their inaugural flight to Bucharest on Sunday 22 May 2016
Tom Screen, Head of Birmingham Airport's Aviation Development, said: "We’re delighted to be
able to add these fantastic cities to our list of Central and Eastern European destinations"

"Having launched only in September last year Wizz Air one of the fastest growing carriers here
and it is continuing to go from strength to strength. It’s easy to understand why the carrier is
popular with our passengers as it offers low-cost fares to great cities making it an ideal airline
for those looking for city breaks or to visit family and friends in Europe"

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: "We are delighted
to see such quick development and demand of our Birmingham routes. The most additions to
Wroclaw, Sofia and Bucharest are perfect city break destinations for our customers who wish to
explore the hidden gems of Central and Eastern Europe. Offering outstanding value for money the
capitals of Bulgaria and Romania boast beautiful architecture, delicious local cuisine and friendly
people. Our crews looks forward to welcoming you on board a Wizz Air with a smile this summer!"
Monday 23 May 2016

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