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Discussion in 'Birmingham' started by Aviador, Jan 21, 2009.
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Easter weekend marks the opening of a new security entrance
Birmingham Airport has opened its new security entrance area as more than 130,000 passengers will travel through the terminal over the Easter weekend.
Good Friday will be the busiest day over the long weekend, with an estimated 35,300 people expected to fly in or out of the airport to visit loved ones, explore a new city or relax in the sun.
Departing passengers taking off from Birmingham on Thursday 29th March were the first to benefit from the new security entrance, just one of the terminal projects made by the airport to improve the customer journey.
The first lucky passengers to pass through ‘phase one’ of the newly created security entrance were the Kumar family from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, who flew off to Brisbane for a family wedding. They were treated to a lunch at the brand new Bottega prosecco bar within the departure lounge.
The new security area provides passengers with a bright and airy environment for customers as they prepare and enter the search area. A new route has been created through to the central search zone, with new flooring, lighting, preparation area and messaging to help customers prepare for security.
The next phase, opening later in April, includes additional boarding card gates and express lane machines in time for the peak season, when the airport will welcome millions of people through its doors.
Half a million people will be using Birmingham Airport over the fortnight Easter holiday period, with Tuesday 3rd April expected to be the busiest day over the two-weeks, with 36,200 passengers departing and arriving. The top destinations overall will be Dublin, Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante, Malaga, Frankfurt, Palma , Barcelona and Tenerife.
Easter fortnight? I am being seriously short changed with a long weekend
I've got the full 2 weeks off. (and the next 2 weeks ..and the next...)
And which airports are in your plans Seasider ?
EMA definitely, possibly BHX (if I can cope with the traffic)
Go on, spoil yourself. Experience BHX (and go by train?!)
It might have been used before, but the ability to really go bold on a world-class terminal development would be on my list of breaking the status quo of potential passengers living within 1-1.5 h of BHX not using it. BHX is on a smaller scale, true, but look at this magnificent plan soon to open.
Whilst not totally off the table it seems that 'a new terminal will not be required in our lifetime'. Instead the focus will be developing the current site to handle up to 35mppa.
To me it seems as if a massive opportunity is being missed but I suppose if the money isn't there then it isn't there. It says that it's not clear whether the airport have decided to safeguard the land around the station. I really hope that they do.
It's going to be interesting to see what plans they have in store for the current site. I've seen proposals for a departure lounge extension which fills the gap between the pier, also a potential walkway parallel with the railway line has been discussed on here. They seem to be very short term solutions and much, much more will be needed.
Short sighted view as always from BHX
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Who exactly is this Huw Rhys Lewis and the 'Urban Growth Company'? I've never heard of either of them before...
Very concerning that whoever he is believes that BHX can handle potentially up to 45mppa using the current terminal. Even adding a new pier to the west and east of the current terminal and filling in the gap between the current lounge and the pier wouldn't be able to handle more than 25mppa I would have thought - and even then it would be very crowded.
The article did state that the master plan would be published this summer. I'm getting the feeling this will be something more for us to worry about than look forward to...
He is the managing director of the company delivering UK Hub Central.
I dont agree with his analysis. I undertsnad that the current capacity of the airport is 18 mppa. An increase to 35 mpps will necessitate considerable expansion. I think the point he is making is that the expansion is not going to take place near the HS2 station, which holds true if you look at the company's most recent plans. Those plans also rule out a second runway, which to be honest is not needed unless we are going for 50 mppa. Gatwick 1 runway and 45 mppa. Stansted has just applied for planning permission to increase to 43 mppa on one runway.
The airport should focus on maximising the use of the site it has or be really radical and move to a brand new airport!
How many passengers can be handled with 1 runway is very difficult to quantify
as it depends on aircraft size, mix etc as that is why Manchester needs 2 because there is such
a mix varying from Dash 8 to A380 and a very big is the taxiway layout with lots of hi-speed
exits plus of course the airspace, Manchester has a big problem on westerlies with Mobberley
which has the big jink round it.
I agree. Last year BHX saw 13 million passengers and we all know how the current set up coped, some of the stories were horrendous. Adding bits a pieces here and there may allow for a couple more million but I can see the misery continuing. Eventually a new terminal will be required along with major investment in the current buildings.
I guess there is the option of building to the south on what is now a car park or even a new terminal on the Elmdon site. It will be interesting to see what the master plan reveals when it's finally released.
As unfortunate as the loss of multiple airlines/routes has been, at least it's given the terminal infrastructure a bit of a breather
Hopefully all the current construction will be finished before the pax numbers grow back.