Birmingham Airport handles 12 million passengers annually and serves 150 direct global destinations plus a further 340 one-stop worldwide ights, with 50 airlines.
£450 million has been invested by the airport to improve its infrastructure. This has included better surface access, an extended runway to accommodate more and new long-haul airlines, a redeveloped terminal to handle wide-bodied aircraft including the A380 aircraft, plus enhancements to the passenger experience through new technology, car parking and shopping opportunities.
This investment has led the Midlands’ largest airport to experience unprecedented growth, with a 14.2% increase in passengers in 2016 and 23 consecutive months of record growth. It was also crowned 2016’s most punctual airport in the world.
Long-haul tra c has seen signi cant growth, with a 21.3% year-on-year rise in passengers due to the introduction of new global routes which have provided vital trade links to help power Midlands UK.
Birmingham Airport’s two hour catchment includes 35 million people – half the population of the UK – and the airport is just 10km from central Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city.
Trains to London currently take just 70 minutes via the airport’s on-site rail station, which conveniently connects passengers to the country’s national
rail network. In 2026, this will reduce to around 30 minutes as Birmingham becomes the UK’s rst and only high-speed rail connected airport, increasing the two hour catchment to 45 million people.
Looking forward, the airport is currently developing proposals for its long-term future and will consult on its masterplan later this year . Ensuring the region maximises the bene ts of High Speed Rail, the airport’s vision is to become a seamless transport hub, bringing together air, high speed rail, rail, tram, bus and car connections for people travelling to, from and across Midlands UK.