Information on changes to Birmingham airport
Say hello to Birmingham airport's new one-terminal facility. This has been done to give all passengers a better journey, from check-in to their aircraft. All departing passengers will now go through a combined security area. Passengers taking only hand luggage or who have checked in online can go directly to the newly enlarged security area. All other passengers just need to check the flight information screens, which will show them where they need to check in.
There will be further work to create a new duty free shopping area and fashion house, which will be open in the next few months. The airport owners hope that the £13 million investment will attract more passengers to the airport. The airport already has flights to destinations including the USA, South America, South East Asia and even China. There are more carriers flying more routes, further than ever before. Will Heynes the airport's operation director, explained, "This project will create a smoother journey through the terminal and improve our overall efficiency. Over the next 10 years we will invest a further £100 million in our facilities, which will help us achieve our vision of doubling our passenger numbers by 2018." The scheme will not be fully completed until July this year, but transforming the airport into a single terminal is a major milestone for the company.
During January, the airport handled 522,769 passengers, including 431,564 scheduled passengers and 91,205 charter passengers. This represents a 0.2 per cent rise in passenger figures compared to January 2010.
Birmingham airport have also improved their transport links. If you are driving to the airport there is a range of convenient on-site car parks within easy walking distance of the terminal, so there's no need for transfers. Choose from Birmingham's Short and Medium Stay Car Parks 1,2 and 3 or Birmingham Long Stay Car Park 1. For the ultimate convenience, there is Stress-Free Meet And Greet - all you need to do is drive to the terminal. If you are looking for the best price then Airparks is for you. It's only 4.5 miles from the airport and offers free transfers, which only take 13 minutes to reach the terminal. Not driving? Not a problem, there is a 24-hour taxi service which operates from directly outside the terminal. Bus or coach? You can get to Birmingham airport by local buses or long distance coaches. Birmingham International Station serves the airport and NEC, and is connected directly to the terminal via a free Air-Rail Link monorail system. The Air Rail Link operates between 5.15am and 2.am.
If you have an early flight then why not book an overnight stay at a airport hotel, there are plenty too choose from and there are even two hotels actually on the airport, the Ibis and the Novotel. Pre-book with Holidayextras.com to get the best deals. Once at the airport you can enjoy handmade fresh sandwiches from Pret A Manger, Burger King or Frankie and Benny's. There is plenty of choice - or skip the food and head straight to the shops.