Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport is celebrating its 70th Anniversary and since its first ever flight in May 1939, the Airport has grown from strength to strength to become the Midlands gateway to the world and position of regional pride.

It was decided by Birmingham City Council in 1928 that the City required a municipal airport however, the depression cut these plans short. In 1933 plans were prepared which identified Elmdon, Birmingham, as the preferred site which lies eight miles south-east of the City.

In May 1939, services to Croydon (with connections to the Continent) Glasgow, Liverpool, Ryde, Shoreham, Manchester and Southampton began.

In 1949, scheduled services began with British European Airways to Paris and flights to the continent steadily grew with services to Zurich, Düsseldorf, Palma, Amsterdam and Barcelona starting between 1955-1960.

The terminal extension, know as the International Building, was opened during 1961 and an extension to the main runway took place between 1967-1970 to allow turboprops and jets to use the airport. VC10 services began to New York and by the early 1970’s the airport handled one million passengers a year through a very congested passenger terminal.

In 1974 the newly formed West Midlands Metropolitan County Council took over the airport (the seven West Midlands districts incorporated: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton).

The airport handled a record 9,627,589 passengers in 2008, up 4.3% from 9,226,340 in 2007, and a 20% increase over the six years since 2002. Birmingham had the largest increase in passenger numbers of any UK airport in 2008. It offers flights within the UK, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean.

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Birmingham International Airport Ltd.
Birmingham, BIR B26 3QJ
United Kingdom

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+44 (0)844 576 6000

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