Birmingham is a hub airport for flybe - the airline I used.
They are in the low cost & no frills category, but perfectly good most of the time (I seem to use them about once a year - Belfast & Southampton recently). My fare was about £70 return (no luggage to check in) booked many weeks in advance.
The outbound flight was about an hour late. That was irritating because the plane seemed to be sitting at the gate ready to go. Eventually we were told (once on board) that the crew had flown another plane into Edinburgh, and had to swap planes. They’d had to “warm up” our one and go through full start up checks.
A typical case of poor customer relations. Had we been told what was causing the delay, it would have been much less annoying.
It was a very windy day and it was a turbo-prop plane, so arrival at Birmingham was fun. Pilot got both wheels on the runway eventually.
The flight home was early, and on a jet, so much more user friendly.
I used Birmingham Airport at the weekend for the first time in about 15-20 years. It confirmed my recollection of it being one of the country’s best.
Much smaller than the London ones of course, and smaller than Manchester, but very user friendly. It is all in one terminal.
It connects with the city centre very easily by train. The fastest I took (non-stop) was 9 minutes. The slowest (3-4 stops) was 16 minutes. Cost was £4.90 - that may have been cheap because it was on a Saturday.
Trains arrive & depart from the city’s New Street station.
You take a monorail (no cost) to connect between the terminal and the station.
Birmingham airport is not huge, although it does have two terminals and it can be very busy. As the terminals are next door to each other, you never have to walk very far to get from one to the other (all undercover, of course).
There are good connections to lots of places in Europe (including budget carriers) and elsewhere. Directions and signage both to and within the airport are good.
There are a few places to eat and drink landside, including a Wetherspoon's pub (upstairs in T2), Costa coffee and a Marks & Spencers food shop (T1) which is open 24/7 and is very useful for late-night chocolate biscuits!
There are wudu facilities and a prayer room in Terminal 2.
If you are travelling at very busy times, such as the UK school holidays, you may find check-in and security can have long queues. Birmingham is a popular departure point for many UK package holiday operators.
Transport links to Birmingham, and for onward travel, are good. Buses leave from outside the terminals to the city and to other UK cities and airports. There's a free monorail shuttle connecting T2 to Birmingham International railway station, running regularly from 0515-0200.
There is plenty of car parking (best booked online in advance for cheapest prices), both on-airport and with to-airport transport provided. The on-airport long-stay car park can be within walking distance, if you are lucky enough to find a space, but otherwise it has a good, frequent bus service to and from the terminals. The airport website has details.
There are three hotels actually at the airport: Ibis, Novotel, Etap (the latter soon to be part of Ibis). They are very useful for early flights or late arrivals and also offer reasonably-priced accommodation for those attending exhibitions, conferences or concerts at the nearby NEC... it's very easily accessible using the free shuttle to Birmingham International.
Birmingham has the sixth-busiest airport in the United Kingdom, Birmingham International and is located 7 miles east of the city. The airport has two terminals, the main terminal (Terminal 1) and the Eurohub (Terminal 2).
The terminals are joined by a common walkway and provide flights to other parts of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The check-in and arrivals areas are on the ground floor with departures on the first floor.
From our house, we took a train to Birmingham International. We arrived at the airport about three hours before our plane was scheduled to leave. There were two trains that went direct to Birmingham International and given the unreliability of the English train system these days, we took the first available. So, while we were waiting, we hung out in the departure section of the Birmingham airport and drank a cup of coffee. We flew Ryan Air (like Southwest in the US - no frills) and it actually left on time.
Just over 9 million passengers used Birmingham Airport in 2003.
Flights to France include Paris, and Toulouse.
Regular German services to Berlin, Frankfurt, Hanover and Munich.
Flights to Italy include Milan, Turin and Vienna.
Other European flights go to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid and Prague
Flights to Tehran
There are charter flights to Orlando and Rayleigh/Durham.
Services started in 2000 to Dubai, Islamabad and Karachi.
See also the VT page on scheduled services.
In the latest government review of airport needs, Birmingham Airport's application for a 2nd runway has been indicated as being favoured by the government. That does not mean that the Airport has had it's planning application approved.
The Airport is next door to Birmingham International Railway Station with a free SkyTrain rapid transport people mover between the terminal buildings and the station. Trains to the City and Coventry taking 10 minutes and Wolverhampton 30 minutes. There is a train to Birmingham every 5 to 7 minutes on weekdays.
Virgin Trains are campaigning to have the station renamed Birmingham Airport Railway Station.
There are also quite a lot of local bus services direct from both the airport and the railway station.
April 2003 Uzbekistan Airways have extended their Tashkent service to JFK every Tuesday and Sunday.
July 2003 My TravelLite (low cost airline) have anounced that from the winter timetable they will have new flights to Pisa.
From 3rd Nov 2003 BMI will have 3 flights per day Mon to Fri and 1 on Sun to Gothenburg.
Pakistan International have started twice-weekly flights to Chicago.
May 2004 British Airways has flights to Lyon, Venice and Nice
May 2004 FlyBe (low cost airline) have flights to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, New York (Newark), Perpiqnan, Salzburg, Shannon, and Toulouse.
From 10th May 2004 CSA Czech Airways have increased their flights to Prague to one every day and 2 flights on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
From 6 June 2004 Eastern Airlines are increasing their flights to Inverness. They also fly to Newcastle and the Isle of Man
From 15 June 2004 Continental Airlines are increasing their daily flight to 2 flights per day to New York/Newark Liberty.
From July 2004 there will a twice weekly flight to Tehran.
Duo has many straight connections to B'ham, couple of them being Helsinki, Berlin, Stockholm and Vienna. At least from Helsinki the price was less than 50% compared to the other alternatives. Everything worked out really well, the service was really good, the food in the plane amongst the best ones ever (at least the other direction). In my flights, there were only 10 passengers so let's hope that the company don't go bankcrupt. Good work though!
Get to Birmingham with ease. Fly into BHX (Birmingham International Airport) and then catch the train from the airports own station directly into the heart of the city. The airport is also located next to the M42 motorway, should you wish to drive when you get here.
Burmingham International Airport can be reach by most air companies. It is served by trains from the City Centre, London and elsewhere, calling at Birmingham International Station.
Buses and Train. Centro cover the services for Birmingham and provide a very good service.
Visitors are able to track the route of aircraft from landing through to arrival on the stand and actually listen to Air Traffic Controllers. The aircraft progress can also be followed using an interactive model which will highlight the runway, taxiway and apron lighting. Cameras will provide live views of activity to screens in the Centre and areas of the apron previously unseen. The new Centre is now open ....
here u can find my exg/f's aunt looking at the flight.
FIRST U SHOULD KNOW that there is no direct flights between BIRM-and any arab country except united arab emirate..i don't know why but my ex girl friend faced this problem when she wanted to visit me in egypt..the best way is to take a train or bus to HITHROW AIRPORT.
walking is the best way.streets there are very nice and comfortable.
due to the bad weather unlikey most of the year .delay and cancalition may take place.here u can find my ex g/f .her mother.aunt.grand father..waiting desperatly for the plane.