Birmingham Airport has announced the completion of a new purpose-built transit and transfer facility, providing passengers with the UK’s fastest and most efficient option for onward connecting flights. The new facility delivers an airside connection that allows passengers to transit and transfer within the airside environment in under 45 minutes.
The Airport has invested £200 million on airfield and terminal facilities in recent years, to attract more long haul flights. The new facility means airlines now looking to fly into the lucrative centre of the UK’s booming manufacturing region can also benefit from the domestic and European markets served by Birmingham’s network.
Birmingham Airport’s chief executive officer, Paul Kehoe, welcomes the new facility and believes it will prove to be a huge asset for the airport. Speaking to The HUB at last night's World Routes pre-event reception in Chicago he said: “The completion of our new passenger transit facility is another string to our bow in terms of what we can offer passengers and airlines focussed on long haul travel and better connectivity.
“This valuable piece of infrastructure means long and short haul passengers now have the choice of flying to and from a range of domestic and European destinations connecting through Birmingham, allowing them extra time to relax and enjoy the excellent facilities we have available in the departure lounge.
“The timing of this new facility couldn’t be better. The airport recently recorded the busiest month in its 75 year history and over the past five months, we’ve achieved consecutive growth and seen records smashed, including our long haul traffic. This demonstrates the strong demand that exists for passengers who want to fly further afield on long haul services or are looking for other options to connect within the UK. The arrival of this new facility means we are ideally placed to deliver this demand.”
“Our aviation development team, headed up by William Pearson, stands ready to talk with airline partners about codeshare and through-ticketing opportunities to open up new and existing direct and transfer connectivity. Our region is the fastest growing inward investment region in the UK and the largest net exporter of goods to China. If you combine this demand with domestic and European connecting markets, Birmingham has an enormous amount to offer airlines for routes to the UK. This airport is set to service its region and is centrally located, just an hour from the capital city and able to service this demand well.”
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