Birmingham Airport Information (BHX)
Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is Britain's boom airport, with a greater increase in passenger numbers in 2008 than any other airport in the country. After Manchester, it is the busiest airport outside of the London area. Almost 10 million passengers a year pass through the airport.
- Birmingham, Bickenhill, West Midlands
- Birmingham International Airport Ltd
- Time Zone
- IATA Code
- ICAO Code
- 052°27'14"N 001°44'53"W
Opened in 1939, it is currently undergoing massive renovations, expansions and refurbishments ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games but the beautiful original Art Deco terminals and control towers are still on display.
The airport's history has only become busier and more storied in recent years. A £40 million terminal development, which expanded the airport's check in sections, boarding gates and retail spaces was completed in 2000. At this time, refurbishment work was also completed on the immigration and customs halls.
In 2003, Birmingham International Airport (BHX) opened an £11 million Air-Rail Link - the first such system in the world - and a £7 million public transport interchange. The two trains can carry up to 1,600 people per hour between the rail station and the passenger terminals with a journey time of just 90 seconds.
Concorde made one of its final visits to Birmingham International Airport (BHX) in October 2003.
A new terminal called the New International Pier will open in 2009 - the airport's 70th anniversary. This new terminal will celebrate its opening with the arrival of the new Airbus A380, which the new terminal has been specifically designed to accommodate. It will be a three-story construction hosting an exclusive Emirates lounge and completely new arrivals and departures halls.