Birmingham Airport is located at Bickenhill which is 7 miles east-southeast of Birmingham city centre.
The airport offers international flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, North America, and the Caribbean.
Birmingham Airport is the seventh busiest Airport in the UK.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Birmingham Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach/Dir - 131.005
Radar - 123.980
Tower - 118.305
Ground - 121.805
ATIS - 136.030
Birmingham Airport History
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 2014 the runway was extended from 8,547 ft to 10,013 ft. On 27 March 2016, Emirates began daily Airbus A380 flights from Dubai to Birmingham. Track A380 flights - Dubai to Birmingham Airport.
Birmingham Airport is presently owned by seven Metropolitan Boroughs of West Midlands (49%), the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (48.25%) and employees (2.75%).
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 Airport is served by Birmingham International railway station. The station is on the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and London, and trains are operated by West Midlands Trains, Avanti West Coast, Transport For Wales, and CrossCountry. Access between the railway station and the airport terminal is provided by free AirRail Link. There are plans for a High Speed 2 rail link, a new railway station called Birmingham Interchange will be built to serve both the airport and the National Exhibition Centre, to be completed by 2026. There are also plans for a new Line 3 of the West Midlands Metro to Birmingham Airport from Edgbaston, this would link Birmingham Interchange, Birmingham International and Birmingham Airport to the City Centre of Birmingham in 45 minutes travelling along the A45.
National Express West Midlands operates the main bus routes calling at Birmingham Airport, those being the X1 to Birmingham city centre and Coventry, and the X12 to Chelmsley Wood and Solihull. Other smaller operators also call at the airport. Bus stops are situated outside Terminal One. Most buses are operated by National Express West Midlands. National Express Coaches operates various long distance coaches calling at Birmingham Airport on the way to or from Birmingham coach station.
Black cabs are available at the taxi-rank outside the arrivals area of the terminal.
Birmingham Airport Parking
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