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
Former colleagues and employees of Birmingham International
Airport are today saddened by the death of the former Airport Managing Director, Sir Robert Taylor (Bob), who passed away peacefully on Saturday 7 June 2008 . Joe Kelly, Birmingham International Airport's Acting Managing
Director, said, "Bob's effervescent character and larger than life
personality made him a popular and respected businessman,
colleague and regional figure. He was able to engage with people
at all levels and achieve the best of his workforce by making time
to go out onto the floor and familiarise himself with the workforce.
Bob was instrumental in leading the Airport to the position we see
today and he will be missed by all of those who had the pleasure of
knowing, working and learning from him."Bob joined the Airport in
1974 as Assistant Director, at a time when just one million people
used the Elmdon site. He later became Airport Director in 1976 and
led the seamless transfer of the new terminal from Elmdon in 1984,
to the site we see today"
Two years later, in 1987, he gained the title of Managing Director
when the `Airport Company' was formed, from the wholly owned
local authority arrangement, and in 1991 hesaw through the opening
of the Eurohub; the worlds first terminal to combine domestic and
international passengers. By the time Bob retired from the Airport
Company in 1994, more than 5 million passengers were using the
facility,placing it well and truly on the world airport map
Following Bob's retirement, Brian Summers took over the mantle of Managing Director. Having worked closely with Bob for more than 20 years, in the former West Midlands Council and at the Airport, Brian Summers, said, "Bob was a personal inspiration to me and I know to many other people. He was admired throughout the aviation industry and with business friends across the world. His contribution in putting BIA onto a serious footing when its whole future was uncertain in the 1970s can not be overstated"
On retiring from the Airport, Bob told the Airport workforce that managing the company had been something of a crusade for him as he had been at the Airport's opening ceremony in 1939 with his father. He said it had given him enormous pleasure and fulfilment along the way and Birmingham Airport had an excellent future ahead with the superb team of people who had supported him along the way
Birmingham International Airport's Chairman, John Hudson, added, "Such fondness and respect is expressed by those who worked with Bob for his tremendous contribution in developing the Midlands premier Airport that we see today. Bob was one of the guiding spirits that set the Airport on its way and we are very sorry by the sad news of his death"
Bob held the role of Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands from November 1993 until 2006, when he retired early due to health problems
He would have been 76 next Saturday, June 14, and he and his wife, Sheila, had been married for 50 years