bmibaby (WW), has announced stage one of winter 2008 flights from Birmingham International Airport will go on sale today,
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 . Six key Mediterranean destinations will be available to book:
Alicante, Faro, Malaga, Murcia, Palma, Nice plus flights to
Geneva. More routes will be announced shortly
During the peak ski season, skiers will benefit from eight flights
a week from Birmingham to Geneva, the gateway to the French
and Swiss Alps. Frequent flights are also available to Malaga to
access the Sierra Nevada, another great region for skiing
. Winter flights from Birmingham to: Frequency: Malaga - up to 4 flights per week Alicante - up to 4 flights per week Faro - 1 flight per week Murcia - 2 flights per week Nice - Travel from February 2009 - 2 flights per week Palma - 2 flights per week Geneva - up to 8 flights per week
Crawford Rix, managing director, bmibaby, said: "We are delighted to announce that stage one of our winter 2008 services from Birmingham International Airport is now on sale. There are six key Mediterranean destinations to choose from. Sun lovers and holiday home owners will benefit from the frequent flights to top winter sun destinations such as Malaga, Alicante and
Murcia. Flights to Geneva are also back for winter, providing a gateway to top European ski and snowboarding resorts"
"More winter 2008 routes will be released shortly, we advise
everyone to keep on the look out for phase two of our winter launch in order to grab our lowest fares to some exciting destinations"
An artist’s impression of the new "International Pier"
Birmingham International Airport has commenced work on its new
"International Pier" with the start of the project commemorated by a "ground breaking" ceremony today, Wednesday 18 June 2008 .
Councillor Ted Richards, Solihull Metropolitan Council, Will Heynes, Birmingham Airport, John O’Brien, Laing O’Rourke, and Councillor Len Gregory, Birmingham City Council, help to lay the foundations for the new International Pier
Birmingham International Airport's new "International Pier" will replace the current out-dated facility constructed in 1984. It is the single biggest investment that the Airport has made in over 20 years - a massive £45 million state of the art extension to Terminal 1
The new Pier will be a three storey construction; 240 metres long and 24 metres wide. Departing passengers will be accommodated on the top level, with arriving passengers on the middle level and office accommodation for airline and handling agents on the ground floor
The new facility will provide air-bridged aircraft parking for seven wide-bodied aircraft and enough space to serve 13 smaller aircraft at any given time. The Pier will also provide vertical segregation to separate inbound and outbound passenger traffic, in line with national security requirements. New gate lounges for passengers will also be created
An artist’s impression of the departure level of the "International Pier"
The building will be in keeping with the bright and modern
architecture seen throughout the terminals today. It will also
enable the Airport to accommodate 21st century aircraft to prepare for future demand and meet Birmingham Airport’s exciting aspirations to improve global connectivity from the Midlands . Will Heynes, the Airport’s Operations Director, who has overall
responsibility for the project, explained: "This investment will provide the Airport with facilities to enable it to meet the growing demand for international services to global destinations from Birmingham. Once complete, the Pier will provide
a high quality gateway into the Midlands for foreign visitors . "The building will be capable of accommodating "next generation" environmentally-efficient wide-bodied aircraft such as the Airbus A350 or the Boeing 787 "Dreamliner", as well as the larger aircraft types we see at Birmingham today like the Airbus A330 and Boeing 747 and 777" . The building has been designed to encompass the latest building regulations and innovative construction practises. It meets the latest environmental standards and performances for buildings of this type . The Project Manager on the construction is Mace Limited, the
Architect is Pascall & Watson, and the Structural, Civil and Fire
Engineering is by Buro Happold. Mechanical and Electrical design is by Hulley and Kirkwood, the CDM Coordinator is Mace Sustain and the Cost Management Consultant is Faithful and Gould. Construction will be carried out by
Ryanair commenced BHX based operations with Boeing 737-800
EI-DPE operating their first service to Dinard.... .
.... Terminal 2 was in party mood for the occasion! . Titan Boeing 737-300QC G-ZAPZ operated a charter flight to Lisbon . Loganair used Saab 340 G-LGNK in place of the regular aircraft - G-LGNN - on the afternoon flybe service to Dundee. The aircraft is in basic flybe colours as it is normally used on flights still operated under British Airways flight numbers
An Ozzy Osbourne look alike was on hand to launch the new Ryanair base with Peter Vella, BHX's Business Development Director and Ryanair's Bridget Dowling and a member of their crew
Ryanair (FR), Europe’s largest low fares airline today, Tuesday 17 June 2008, started its 25th base in Birmingham. Ryanair also announced today that it will launch 9 new routes to, Alicante, Derry, Fuerteventura, Katowice, Kaunas, Krakow, Palma, Malaga and Murcia in October 2008 . Celebrating Ryanair’s 25th base in Birmingham today, Ryanair’s
Bridget Dowling said: "There’s a double celebration at Birmingham International Airport this week. We’re celebrating the arrival of our first based aircraft here and we’re also announcing a further 9 new routes which go on sale today. With 32 low fare routes announced from Birmingham to date, people of the West Midlands no longer have to suffer BA high fares or their high fuel surcharges . By 2012 , Ryanair’s will have 10 aircraft based in Birmingham,
which will deliver 5M passengers p. a. sustaining 5,000 jobs. This
will equate to £400 M visitor spend for the West Midlands. While
other airlines, like BA, are busy increasing fares and fuel surcharges, Ryanair is guaranteeing the lowest fares and no fuel surcharges
Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport's Business Development Director,
said: "We are delighted to be officially unveiling Birmingham Airport as Ryanair's 25th base as well as welcoming the announcement of these further nine scheduled routes from the airport. These new services will offer passengers travelling from their local airport even greater choice and flexibility, allowing them to travel from within their region - whether that be for leisure or business"
Peter Vella, Business Development Director of Birmingham Airport
and Bridget Dowling of Ryanair welcome the crew of the first flight .
The first Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS to be based at BHX - EI-DPE - departs on their first service to Dinard .
Ryanair will now be serving 32 destinations from Birmingham Airport -