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 
More photos later
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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

Wednesday 18 May 2016 - Smartlynx Airbus A320-214 YL-LCO flying for Thomas Cook from Tenerife

Smartlynx Airbus A320-214 YL-LCO operated the Thomas Cook flight from Tenerife....

.... it had earlier positioned in from Gatwick to cover for based Smartlynx Airbus A320-214 YL-LCL
which was "tech" and spent part of the day in the Monarch hangar

Iberia Express "Sharklet" Airbus A320-214 EC-LVQ operated their flight from Madrid - its first visit to BHX

Aer Lingus Regional/Stobart Air ATR 72-212A EI-FNA operated their afternoon service from Cork

Vueling "Sharklet" Airbus A320-232 EC-MFN operated their flight to Barcelona - its first visit to BHX

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 TC-JVO operated their morning service from Istanbul - also on its first visit

Air Transat Airbus A310-308 C-GTSH operated their flight from Toronto

Forest Wings Citation CJ3 OO-FYS was a day stopping visitor on the Elmdon apron
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Beijing Capital Airlines withdraw their planned flights from Beijing and Hangzhou to Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has announced that it has been advised by Caissa Touristic that it will not
now be operating the planned scheduled services to Beijing and Hangzhou in China this year

The Beijing Capital Airlines programme, which was due to commence on Tuesday 19 July 2016 
has been withdrawn by the Chinese tour operator for unknown reasons

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said, "We have been advised by Caissa
Touristic that these flights will no longer operate this summer"

"There is strong demand for flights between China and the Midlands. Last year around
150,000 people flew between our region and China and we have made significant investment
over the last two years to offer services with Caissa. We are currently unaware as to the reasons
why given the success of the China services over the last two summers from Birmingham"

"We are awaiting more information from the tour operator as to why it has made this decision but
we are confident that we will be able to reinstate services between Birmingham and China in the future"

The planned programme, announced last month, was for two services – once a week to Beijing and
once per week to Hangzhou Airport, Shanghai. It follows two successful years of charter services where
Caissa Touristic carried thousands of Chinese tourists into Birmingham for package holidays in the UK
Friday 20 May 2016

Monday 16 May 2016 - Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL flying in Boeing "dreamliner" colour scheme

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL operated their flight to Madrid....

.... it now wears a revised Boeing "dreamliner" colour scheme

Iberia Express Airbus A320-214 EC-KOH operated their flight to Madrid....

.... its first visit to BHX

Emirates Airbus A380-861 A6-EOP operated their flight to Dubai departed from "Echo 1"

GainJet Boeing 737-406 SX-ATF was an afternoon departure to Paris Le Bourget

Wondair Citation 5 Ultra EC-JFT was a morning visitor from Southampton

SaxonAir Cessna 510 Mustang G-KLNW was a day stopping visitor on the Elmdon apron
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Sunday 15 May 2016 - Small Planet Airbus A320-232 SP-HAB operates their flight from Paderborn

Small Planet Airbus A320-232 SP-HAB operated their flight from Paderborn

Vueling "Sharklet" Airbus A320-232 EC-MGE operated their flight to Barcelona while....

Norwegian Boeing 737-86N EI-FJR operated their flight to Barcelona

Fly Alpha Beechjet 390 Premier 1A D-IDBA made a brief afternoon visit to the Elmdon apron

Air Pink Citation Bravo YU-BZZ was an afternoon departure to Prague

Xclusive Jet Charter Citation Bravo G-IPLY also made a brief afternoon visit

Sky Ranger G-HIYA was a day stopping visitor to the Elmdon apron
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Tuesday 17 May 2016 - RAF Airbus A400M Atlas C1 ZM406 makes two approaches to Runway 15

RAF Airbus A400M Atlas C1 ZM406 made two low approaches and go arounds....

.... to Runway 15 during the afternoon

.... only the second visit of this new type of aircraft in RAF service to BHX

.... after the second approach it continued onto RAF Brize Norton

Turkmenistan Boeing 737-82K EZ-A017 operated their flight to Ashkhabad

Smartlynx Estonia Airbus A320-214 ES-SAK operated the Blue Air flight to Bucharest

Bright Flight Antonov 26B LZ-FLL was a morning arrival from Dusseldorf joining
Antonov 26B LZ-FLA which had arrived in the early hours of the morning

Sky Taxi Saab 340A SP-MRB was a morning arrival from Wroclaw operating a freight charter
- the aircraft wears additional IGAvion titles for when it is used on passenger services in France

Eurocopter Ecureuil II G-DCAM was an afternoon visitor to the Elmdon apron
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Saturday 14 May 2016 - Jet2 Holidays Boeing 757-27B G-LSAE departs after attention by Monarch

Jet2 Holidays Boeing 757-27B G-LSAE was a lunchtime departure to Leeds after attention by Monarch

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

Norwegian Boeing 737-86N EI-FJF operated their flight to Malaga

Blue Air Boeing 737-430 YR-BAJ operated their flight from Bucharest

Titan Boeing 737-33AF G-POWC positioned in from Stansted....

.... to operate a charter to Malaga

Wizz Air Airbus A320-232 HA-LWD operated their flight to Warsaw as they increased the
frequency of this service to three times weekly and moved to early morning timings

West Atlantic BAe ATP G-BTPF was a morning arrival from Jersey as it positioned in
in preparation for operating the Sunday morning newspaper flight to the Isle of Man
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