Birmingham Airport is located at Bickenhill which is 6.3 miles east southeast of Birmingham city centre.
Based at this Airport are Bmibaby, Flybe, Monarch, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.
The Airport has both domestic flights within the UK and international flights to Europe, Middle East, Pakistan, North America, and the Caribbean.
Birmingham Airport is the seventh busiest Airport in the UK.
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These two flight trackers above from www.flightradar24.com and www.heathrow-london.co.uk/airport display the current position of aircraft over the UK with details of the type of aircraft, airline, flight number, registration, route, destination, altitude, and speed.
The Google map on the right shows an aerial view of the Airport and road map.
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Birmingham Airport or Elmdon Airport as it was known opened in July 1939. It was owned and operated by Birmingham City Council.
During World War II, the airport was requisitioned by the Air Ministry. The original grass strip was replaced with two hard runways: 06/24 at 2,469 feet (753 m) and 15/33 at 4,170 feet (1,271 m). Lancaster and Stirling bombers were transported by road from the Austin Aero Company at Cofton Hackett by road to Elmdon Airport where they were test flown and then flown to their operational units.
The main runway was extended to 7,400 feet in 1967 to allow jet operations, including the introduction of VC-10 services to New York. 1984 saw the birth of the current airport. A new terminal was opened on the east side of the runway adjacent to the Birmingham International railway station and the National Exhibition Centre, able to handle three million passengers a year. It was first used on 4 April 1984, and was officially opened by the Queen on 30 May 1984. A second terminal, "Eurohub" opened on 26 July 1991, more than doubling the airport's capacity. There was a major redevelopment in 2000 and new International Pier in 2008.
In the near future the runway is to be extended to 9,843 ft, and and a new air traffic control tower is to be construction.
Getting to Birmingham Airport
The airport is easy to get to by car as it is just off Junction 6 of the M42 and is linked into central Birmingham by the A45. The Sat Nav postcode is B26 3QJ.
Birmingham International Station serves the airport and NEC, and is connected directly into the terminal buildings via a free 'Air-Rail Link' monorail system.
The main bus services are the 900 (connecting Birmingham and Coventry via the Airport) and the 966 (connecting Erdington and Solihull). Long-distance coach services are operated by National Express.
Black cabs operate a 24-hour service from directly outside the arrivals area of the terminal buildings.
There is a choice or car parking to suit your budget and travel plans. More information on car parking can be found on the official website.
Local hotels for Birmingham Airport.