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Birmingham Airport, England
Birmingham Airport (IATA: BHX) is an international airport in England’s West Midlands located about 10 km (6 miles) southeast of Birmingham’s city centre. It’s the seventh busiest airport in the UK, handling nearly 13 million passengers in 2017. The airport handles both domestic and international flights with the majority of the international flights on the European routes. Birmingham Airport comprises of a single runway and the two-storey airport building consists of two terminals that include the larger Terminal 1 and smaller Terminal 2 connected by the Millennium Link. Ground transport from Birmingham Airport includes trains, local buses, coaches, taxis and car rentals.
Airlines & Flights
Over 50 airlines operate at Birmingham Airport, flying to over 150 destinations mainly within Europe. The airport is an operating base for Flybe, Jet2.com, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI Airways. Other European airlines operating here include Blue Air, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, KLM and Lufthansa. Non-European airlines include Air India, Emirates, Pakistani International Airlines, Qatar Airways and Turkmenistan Airlines.
The 10 busiest international routes within Europe are Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris and Tenerife. International flights beyond Europe include Amritsar and Delhi (India), Islamabad (Pakistan), Doha and Dubai (Middle East), Boston and Newark (United States) and Toronto (Canada). Connections on major domestic routes include Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newquay.
You can enjoy free Wi-Fi internet access wherever you are in the terminal building by login and saving your details for future visits. International Currency Exchange (ICE) operates foreign currency exchange desks at four locations in the airport where you can change over 40 currencies including the euro and US dollar. ICE also operates foreign currency ATMs at various locations (before and after security) dispensing pound sterling and euro.
There’s a good selection of food outlets at the airport ranging from full meals to light bites. Food outlets include Burger King, Frankie & Benny’s, Caffe Nero, Caffe Ritaza and Deli Hub. There’s also plenty of shopping including duty-free shopping at World Duty Free. For smokers, there’s a designated smoking area in the departure lounge. Other facilities at the airport include a multi-faith prayer room, play area for children and premium lounges for those preferring to relax before their flight.
A free monorail service called the ‘Air-Rail Link’’ directly connects Birmingham Airport with Birmingham International Station. The journey from the airport to the railway station takes about two minutes. The station is on the West Coast Main Line and connects with the cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Train operators serving the line include London Midland, Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry.
There are local buses departing regularly from Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International Station to Birmingham and other nearby destinations. National Express and Megabus operate coach (long distance bus) services from the airport to 35 cities and towns across the UK including Birmingham, Oxford, Luton, Milton Keynes and Manchester. If you prefer a taxi, there are taxis waiting directly in front of the arrivals area. Car rental companies at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.