Located just a few miles outside of the city centre, Birmingham Airport is perfectly located to allow you to reach the rest of the UK, Europe and the World. The third largest airport outside of London, if you need to get somewhere, then you may just find your perfect flight from Birmingham, and best of all, no matter where you are in the UK, this airport is incredibly easy to get to.
The history of the airport
Birmingham Airport is now over 75 years old and has celebrated going from strength to strength over the years. From the first flight ever leaving the airport in May 1939, right up to modern times, this is an airport that has grown in size and facilities during the time that it has been open.
The idea for the airport came about in 1928, when the local council decided that the City required an airport. Despite these grand ideas, funding wasn’t something that came quite as easily. It took until the end of the depression in 1933 for the plans to really start to take hold and the airport which was known as Elmdon due to the location, was officially opened in 1939 by HRH The Duchess of Kent.
The modern airport
Over time the airport has grown and grown. Adding more and more airlines and runways to its facilities. There has been a particular drive for improvement over the past 10 years with £300 million being invested into the airport as a whole. This includes world class facilities, state of the art infrastructure and a newly extended runway.
Having this extended runway has meant that the airport has been able to provide long haul destinations as a part of its service, something that would not be possible without adding just 400m of runway space.
There are around 50 different airlines that offer flights to and from Birmingham Airport. This includes popular names such as Emirates, Turkish Airlines, KLM and Air France. With this variety of airlines there are 143 direct routes offered from Birmingham, including flights to New York and Dubai, as well as 280 other global connecting flights too!
More than just flights
Whilst it is fantastic to think that Birmingham airport is able to provide such a dedicated and varied flight service, the airport itself is so much more than that. One popular aspect has to be the airport shopping where you will find tax free shopping items for a great range of high street and also designer shops too.
There are also plenty of places that you can choose when it comes to getting a pre flight bite to eat or perhaps relaxing with a drink before you take off. This include Burger King, Frankie and Benny’s, All Bar One and Giraffe.
Birmingham Airport is a fantastic choice if you are looking for an alternative to the London airports. Well served for flights, plenty of choice when it comes to facilities and easy to get to. This is a city airport that really can take you to the skies!
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