Birmingham Airport announced as headline sponsor of the Chinese New Year 2019 Festival in Birmingham

Birmingham Airport has announced that, for the third year, it will be the headline sponsor
of the Chinese New Year festival in Birmingham city centre

The Chinese New Year festival will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019 and is expected to
attract more than 30,000 revellers. Friends and family will gather in the Southside area of
the city to enjoy the vast entertainment - including lion and dragon dancing, fireworks and
other performances, as well as local Chinese cuisine available to all passers-by

This year will be The Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar, with the new year
falling on Tuesday 5 February 2019. However, celebrations will run throughout the first
half of February, up until 19 February 2019. Over this period, festivities will be found
across the city's popular hotspots, including Colmore Row and St Phillip's Cathedral,
Bulling and Grand Central, and China town -  spreading across Southside Square,
Hurst Street, Inge Street, The Arcadian and The Hippodrome

Birmingham Airport will have a strong presence throughout the period, particularly at the
festival. To celebrate Chinese New Year, those who visit the Airport stand will be in with
several chances of winning flights to China. Celebrations will also spread to the Airport,
where retailers will be running various offers, activities and entertainment. Passengers
will be given the chance to enjoy a traditional lion dance performance in the terminal on
Tuesday 5 February 2019 - the official Chinese New Year's Day

The West Midlands has one of the biggest Chinese communities in the UK, with a population
of over 20,000 living in the Midlands, plus an additional 150,000 Chinese students studying
across the region. In the last 12 months alone, Birmingham Airport welcomed nearly 120,000
passengers through its doors travelling to either China or Hong Kong

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport said: "Supporting Chinese New Year 2019 as the
headline sponsor for the third time is fantastic and something we are extremely proud of. 
The Midlands region holds great heritage and culture, especially in Birmingham which is said
to be more ethnically diverse than the UK's capital of London for its size. To be a part of this
history and culture is important to us, as we too hold great regional heritage and will be
celebrating our 80th anniversary this year. We would like to wish all those celebrating
Chinese New Year a happy and prosperous year ahead"

Airlines operating onwards to China from Birmingham Airport include; Emirates via a twice
daily service to Dubai, Qatar Airways via a daily service to Doha, Turkish Airlines via a twice
daily service to Istanbul, KLM via a five times daily service to Amsterdam, Lufthansa via a
four times daily service to Frankfurt and Air France via a six times daily service to Paris 

James Wong, Chairman of Birmingham's Chinese Festival Committee said "We are delighted
to have Birmingham Airport as our headline sponsor once again and are looking forward in
producing another fantastic event for the city of Birmingham. Last year's celebration broke all
records in attendance and we love how diverse the city is, in celebrating the Chinese New Year"

Graham Callister, Associate Director, Community Engagement & Festivals at The Hippodrome
commented: "We're proud to be once again co-producing the annual official Chinese New Year
celebrations with our good friends and neighbours, the Chinese New Year Festival Committee.
Working with headline sponsor Birmingham Airport and all of our event partners across the city
to deliver a fantastic free event for Birmingham and the West Midlands"

To find out more about the Chinese New Year celebrations, please visit:


Monday 14 January 2019

Tuesday 8 January 2019 - Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN is an evening visitor to the Elmdon apron

Cavok Air Antonov 12B UR-CJN was an evening arrival from Gyor, Hungary, operating
a freight charter - after unloading and reloading it departed to St John's, Newfoundland

JOTA Cargo BAe 146-300QT G-JOTF was a morning arrival on the Elmdon apron....

.... operating a freight charter from Paderborn - its first visit as such to BHX - it had previously
visited with Air Foyle/TNT as G-TNTK. This was also the first JOTA BAe 146 cargo charter to BHX


.... after unloading the aircraft positioned back to Southend

Blue Air Boeing 737-82R YR-BMN operated their flight from Bucharest - the aircraft wears
additional "leased by LOT Polish Airlines" from its summer 2018 lease to that airline

Air Nostrum/Iberia Regional Canadair CRJ-1000 EC-MVC operated the mid-morning Brussels Airlines flight

easyJet Airbus A320-214 G-EZUF operated their lunchtime service to Geneva

Cessna Citation Jet 1 M-OLLY was a morning arrival from Memmingen parking up to night stop

Royal Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas C1 ZM410 made a late afternoon low approach
and go around to Runway 33 while on a training flight out of RAF Brize Norton

to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog

Monday 15 December 2008 - Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-231 inaugural service arrives from Istanbul!!

Turkish Airlines launched their new 5 times weekly service....

.... from Istanbul with the aircraft receiving a water cannon welcome!

The first flight was operated by Airbus A321-231 TC-JRE....

.... which parked on Terminal 1 stand 58

Paul Kehoe, CEO of BHX, and the Mayor of Solihull
welcomed a delegation from Turkish Airlines....


.... who were greeted by a large party from both the Turkish
and local media including no less than 4 TV film crews!!


Paul Kehoe, CEO of BHX, welcomes Candan Karlitekin, Chairman of
Turkish Airlines who travelled on the flight to Birmingham....


.... while Airbus A321-231 TC-JRE departed back to Istanbul

Thanks to Fran and all the team from BHX for
organising a fantastic launch for Turkish Airlines


The Turkish Airlines check in area

Monday 12 December 2008

Sunday 9 December 2018 - Danish Air Transport ATR 72-212A OY-RUV flying for Blue Islands

Danish Air Transport ATR 72-212A OY-RUV operating a sub charter on behalf of Blue Islands was
an evening arrival bringing Wolves home after their "Premier League" match against Newcastle....


.... its first visit to BHX - after unloading it positioned back to Copenhagen

Vulkan Air Antonov 26B UR-CQD spent the day parked up on the Elmdon apron before departing to Liege

Capital Air Ambulance Learjet 45 G-OICU was an afternoon departure to Bournemouth
to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog

Birmingham Airport Parking/NCP have closed the roof of the Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park

Birmingham Airport Parking/NCP have closed the roof of the Elmdon Multi Story Car Park
- this vantage point is popular with both aviation enthusiasts and families just visiting the
airport "to watch the planes" and the twice daily visit of the Airbus A380

The airport has issued the following statement -

Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park

Birmingham Airport have closed the roof of the Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park for Health
and Safety reasons following aircraft enthusiasts being seen climbing on the edges

The lower floors remain open and accessible to visitors


The Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park offers one of the best airport vantage points in the UK

Please remember this is a "pay and display" car park - Birmingham Airport Parking/NCP
are ticketing - £100 fine - any vehicles in the Car Park that are not displaying a valid ticket

A new "paybyphone" facility has recently been introduced to supplement the payment
machines which currently only accept coins - and do not give change


Sunday 9 December 2018


Wednesday 5 December 2018 - Condor Airbus A321-211 D-ATCC arrives for attention by Monarch

Condor Airbus A321-211 D-ATCC was a morning arrival from Leipzig for attention by Monarch
Aircraft Engineering replacing D-ATCB which had departed on Tuesday Photo: Chris Mabbott


Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 TC-LCB operated their morning service from Istanbul - its first visit to BHX

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 D-AEWK operated their afternoon service from Dusseldorf
- it now wears additional "Kvarner" logo and titles a resort area in Croatia

Centreline Embraer Legacy 500 G-HARG was an afternoon visitor departing to Amsterdam

Fosun Dassault Falcon 7X N656FN was a late afternoon arrival parking up to night stop

Abelag Aviation Cessna Citation CJ3 OO-PAR was a morning arrival parking up to night stop
on the Elmdon apron next to SkyTaxi Saab 340A SP-MRB
to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog

Thursday 27 September 2018 - Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL flying for Edwin Air Cargo

Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL which now wears "Edwin Air Cargo" colours spent the day parked up on
the Elmdon apron after arriving from Rzeszow via Paderborn on Wednesday evening Photo: Mike Hollick

WARNING - Birmingham Airport Parking/NCP are ticketing vehicles on the Elmdon site

Birmingham Airport Parking/NCP are currently ticketing - £100 fine - any vehicles
in the Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park that are not displaying a valid ticket

This area is popular with both aviation enthusiasts and families just visiting the
airport "to watch the planes" and the twice daily visit of the Airbus A380

Beware that there is little signage - other than at the entrance/exit - to warn
visitors that you will be fined £100 if you do not display a valid ticket

Also be advised -

+ Half the payment machines in the car park are currently out of service
+ The payment machines that do work do not accept Credit Cards or Notes
+ The payment machines do not give change

If you this visit this car park come prepared as Birmingham Airport Parking
/NCP Staff have made it clear that no grace period is allow - and they are
not there to provide change or help with payments

Also be aware that that vehicles parked on the forecourt in the front the
Elmdon Multi Storey Car Park or Forward House will also be ticketed

Monday 30 July 2018

Monday 23 July 2018 - Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EDS operates their evening service from Dubai

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EDS which is a three class/low seating density aircraft
operated their evening service from Dubai

Lufthansa CityLine Embraer 190LR D-AECA operated their morning service to Frankfurt....

….. departing off Runway 33
to see more photos "click" HERE to go to the homepage

The BHX Blog

Air India increase frequency of service to Amritsar from Birmingham with two flights every Saturday

Air India has increased the frequency of its non-stop service to Amritsar from twice weekly
to three times a week from Saturday 5 May 2018, just a few months after starting the route

The additional nonstop service - which increases Air India's services to Birmingham Airport
to 8 flights a week - is scheduled for Saturday evenings and is in addition to the non-stop
flight from Delhi resulting in two Air India Boeing 787 "dreamliners" on the ground at the
same time. The new Amritsar service now operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Amritsar allows direct access to the major commercial and cultural centre in the heart of
the Punjab and it is home to the Golden Temple. Air India has been a successful partner
at Birmingham Airport for over four years after launching a Delhi flight in August 2013.
This service alone has already carried over 600,000 passengers since its launch

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANX operated the non-stop service from Amritsar
Tom Screen, Acting Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, said: "Amritsar was a new
route which Air India launched from Birmingham in February this year. It's great to see the
airline increase the frequency of flights within only the first few months of this route starting"

"No other UK airport currently operates a direct service to this destination and so we expected
it to be popular. With over 200,000 British-Indian people travelling to India each year to visit
friends and relatives, and for tourism and business interests, this additional flight shows the
large demand within the region for direct Amritsar services from the Midlands" 

Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-ANL had earlier arrived non-stop from Delhi 
Mr. Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director and Board Member of Air India, said: "Air India is
committed to serving the needs of Indian Diaspora settled worldwide and the long-standing
need for direct connectivity between Punjab and Birmingham"

"We are delighted to add one more frequency per week between Amritsar and Birmingham
from Saturday 5 May 2018 making it a three times a week operation. We are confident that
with the strong partnership with Birmingham Airport, we together will be able to grow traffic
flow from the Midlands to India"

The additional Amritsar flight will be operated by the new Boeing 787-8 'Dreamliner' aircraft.
The cabin comprises of 256 seats with 18 lie flat business class seats and 238 in economy class
Air India - summer schedule from Saturday 5 May 2018

1800/2130 AI113/114 788 from/to Amritsar via Delhi
- operates daily except Tuesday and Thursday
1815/1945 AI117/118 788 from/to Delhi via Amritsar
- operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  

Saturday 5 May 2018

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