Birmingham Airport (BHX/EGBB)

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Birmingham Airport catchment area

Birmingham’s 60 minute catchment is 10 million.

  • Birmingham and the Midlands region is a powerful engine for growth at the heart of the UK. The economic output for the region is £96 billion a year.
  • The demand for global connectivity and world-class transport facilities from business and leisure passengers, as well as the international demand to access the Midlands market, has never been greater.
  • Birmingham Airport is the global gateway for the city and the region and is worth £1.1 billion to the regional economy every year. Nationally, it contributes £1.7 billion GVA, and if the airport was able to secure all of the long-haul that there is local demand for, this could add a further £248 million to the region’s GVA.
  • The airport’s location at the centre of the UK’s motorway network means it is not only regionally vital but is also a nationally important transport hub providing convenient access to all major UK cities. Birmingham City Centre is just eight miles away and eight trains per hour go to the city from a mainline station located at the airport’s doorstep. London is only a 70-minute train journey away, with four services running per hour. This time will reduce to just over 30 minutes with the arrival of HS2.
  • As well as having one of Europe’s leading retail and entertainment city centres in Birmingham, in terms of attraction the UK’s Midlands boasts historic Warwick, home of Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon, the UK’s biggest theme park – Alton Towers, the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Ironbridge and the tranquil beauty of the Cotswolds.

Marketing and other support

birmingham-marketing-1jpgBirmingham Airport is keen to incentivise the establishment and growth of services that provide passengers with a wider choice of destination. The airport also has a host of marketing initiatives such as a dedicated sales team, e-mail database and website, which are available for the promotion of new services.

Budapest Airport catchment area

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Catchment Area

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK, with over one million inhabitants.

  • 30 minute catchment = 2.9m
  • 60 minute catchment = 10m
  • 120 minute catchment = 35m (increasing to 45m with the arrival of HS2)

Birmingham Airport serves the entire Midlands region via its convenient motorway and rail links. The airport attracts large numbers of passengers from nearby large cities such as Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby, Stoke, Worcester, Northampton, Gloucester and Oxford.

The strength of Birmingham’s catchment is demonstrated by its ability to maintain long haul to destinations such as Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Orlando, Islamabad and Toronto.

Birmingham Freight

Birmingham is well known as the centre of manufacturing in the UK.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Birmingham is well known as the centre of manufacturing in the UK, in particular for automotive manufacturing. Jaguar, Land Rover and MG are all based within a few miles of the airport.
  • Other companies based in the region with a potential need for air freight include Boots, Cadbury, Caterpillar, Du Pont, Fujitsu, GKN, Honda, JCB, Kraft, Lucas, Marconi, Misys, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Toyota and Volvo.


  • Birmingham Airport (BHX) is 10km from Birmingham City Centre and is at the heart of the UK motorway network, with the airport being just 2 minutes from the M42.
  • Birmingham Airport is one of the only airports in the UK to have its own dedicated railway station –Birmingham International – which is on the West Coast Mainline which runs from London via Birmingham to Scotland. Trains can be caught from Birmingham International to local, regional and national destinations with London Euston just 70 minutes away. The Airport’s own air rail link connects passengers to the station in 90 seconds.
  • There are also a network of local, regional and national buses and coaches which serve the airport complementing those passengers arriving by taxi and private cab.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Terminals: One operating 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • BHX is a designated schedule facilitated airport. This is performed by ACL.
  • Runways: One –  15/33: 3003m.
  • Fire & Rescue: RFF CAT 10.
  • Aircraft stands: 47 of which 20 are served by an airbridge.
  • Check-in desks: 115.
  • Business lounges: 4.
  • Security: 14 full equipped modern security lanes.
  • Immigration desks: 20.
  • Min. connect time: 45 minutes.
  • Car parking spaces: 12,800.
  • Hotels: 3 on site hotels with over 475 rooms.
  • Commercial: 11,000 sqm of commercial space.
  • Employees: Approximately 6,000 people employed on site.

Passenger Growth

  • Birmingham Airport now has extended runway range and has the capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers a year.
  • At the close of last year a total of 10.2m passengers were recorded at the airport, giving 5% growth compared to the previous year and long-haul traffic was up by 21.4%.
  • All previously held passenger figures have been broken consecutively over the past fifteen months and it is predicted that at the end of this year, the airport will celebrate handling close to 12 million passengers.

Airline expansion

  • Birmingham Airport has seen double-digit growth in new airlines over the past 12 months with particular emphasis on the introduction of long-haul carriers.
  • Summer 2014 saw direct charter flights to Beijing with China Southern Airlines, followed by an extended service last year with Hainan Airlines. Birmingham was the first airport outside of London to operate direct flights to Beijing. So far more than 7000 Chinese tourists have travelled through the airport.
  • Qatar Airways arrived in April this year offering eight flights per week to Hamad International Airport in the rapidly developing Qatari capital of Doha.
  • April also saw the arrival of the magnificent Emirates A380 which has taken over the daily lunchtime service between Dubai and Birmingham Airport.
  • •The last year also saw the arrival of American Airlines flying to New York JFK from Birmingham. In its first year of operation 60,000 passengers have travelled on its direct daily service.
  • Icelandair, Norwegian, Vueling, Wizz Air, Iberia Express, Blue Air, Czech Airlines, and AlbaStar have bought low-cost seats to popular short-haul destinations throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Some of these new airlines are also members of the Oneworld Alliance and British Airways (BA) codeshare carriers.

Commercial Developments

  • Over the past 12 months Birmingham Airport has introduced a range of new brands into both airside and landside areas.
  • New food and drink brands have included Caffe Ritazza, Joe and the Juice and Giraffe.
  • The World Duty Free store has recently been extensively refurbished at Birmingham Airport with a new World of Whiskies ‘shop in shop’ concept and several new and exciting beauty brands introduced including Jo Malone London, Urban Decay and Bobbi Brown.
  • Other additions to the departures lounge include luxury handbag brands Furla and Tumi and new currency exchange provider ICE which all opened their stores in June this year.

Important developments and/or other news

  • A new £1m airbridge extension was installed in April for the arrival of the A380 which allows those on the upper deck of the aircraft to exit through a new walkway linking directly to the International Pier.
  • Marketed as Shakespeare’s Airport to overseas audiences, Birmingham recently unveiled a new artwork installation in its arrivals pier to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and to show that Birmingham Airport is the ‘Gateway to Shakespeare’s England’.
  • New e-gates have been installed in the northern section of the terminal. In September 2014, the airport  also completed a new purpose-built transit facility, allowing connecting passengers to pass through the terminal with even greater speed and efficiency.

Vital statistics

  • Total number of new airlines over the past 12 months: 13
  • Total passengers 2015: 10.2m (almost 5% more than the previous year)
  • Scheduled|Charter mix of passengers 2015: 84%|16%
  • Largest carrier in 2015 (passenger numbers): Flybe