Three Emirates Boeing 777's on the ground at BHX at the same time! - in the centre is 777-300ER A6-ECR which was a Heathrow weather diversion while operating flight EK 029 from Dubai while next to it is 777-300ER A6-EBU which was an earlier Gatwick diversion due to a disabled aircraft blocking the Runway - it was operating flight EK 015 from Dubai. Meanwhile 777-200ER A6-EMD prepares to depart on the daily scheduled BHX lunchtime EK 040 service to Dubai . Thanks to BHX for the above photo!!
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-EBU was the first diversion of the
day after a flybe Dash 8Q-400 blocked the Runway at Gatwick....
.... later in the afternoon poor weather caused landing delays at
Heathrow with the result that Emirates 777-300ER, PIA A310
AP-BEG, British Airways A319 G-EUPL and bmi Embraer 145
G-RJXR all diverted to BHX .
PIA Airbus A310-300 AP-BEG which wears the "Gilgit - The Silk
Route" tail colour scheme departed back to Heathrow as another
The new International Pier is nearing completion Birmingham International Airport handled 898,608 passengers
during June 2009 - a fall of 4.1% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "June’s figures, which represent a 4.1% fall, again
underline the tough conditions we find ourselves operating
under. Despite moving into what is peak season we continue
to see traffic down on the same period last year, in line with
the vast majority of airports, not just in the UK but around
"However, despite these tough times the Airport continues to discuss a range of opportunities with prospective partners as Birmingham clearly remains an Airport with a reputation for offering choice and value for money for local business and leisure travellers."
During June significant growth was achieved on scheduled flights to destinations such as - Reus (+181.2%), Torp (+161.9%), Poitiers (+129.4%), Newquay (+125.8%), Arrecife (+116.1%), Rzeszow (+111.3%), Billund (+104.8%), Larnaca (+92.1%), Krakow (+74.5%), Prague (+36.6%), Tenerife (+34.3%), Ibiza (+27.6%), Alicante (+26.9%), Malaga (+25.9%), Hanover (+22.1%), Palma (+20.5%), Mahon (+19.3%), Dubai (+16.7%), Inverness (+8.7%) and Zurich (+7.8%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth included - Egypt (+47.9%), Turkey (+22.4%), Croatia (+18.5%) and Malta (+12.6%). . Scheduled traffic accounted for 71.9% of the total
passenger traffic in June whilst charter passengers
Swiss Airbus A319 HB-IPY operated their morning service
to Zurich in place of the usual Helvetic Fokker 100 .
bmi regional Embraer 135 G-RJXK operated their service to Aberdeen . Titan Boeing 757 G-ZAPU operated a charter from Akrotiri in Cyprus before positioning to Stansted . flybe Dash 8Q-400 G-FLBC arrived from Reykjavik at the end of its delivery flight from Canada and was soon in the flybe hangar! . RAF C 17 ZZ172 lifts off Runway 33 on its way to Brize Norton after operating a medevac flight
Following the handing over of the "south gates" the first flight
operated off the new International Pier - the honours went to
Monarch Scheduled flight ZB 470 to Mahon at 1330 which
was operated by Airbus A321 G-MARA (not illustrated!) .
Mahan Air Airbus A310-300 F-OJHI passes the end of the new International Pier after arriving from Tehran . Well done to all at BHX for delivering the first phase of the new International Pier "on schedule"!!