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58terminus

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Early morning boarding shows what a presence Jet2 now have at BHX, there were more Jet2 aircraft behind me and on the other side of the apron.
Love the photo but it makes an interesting point.I count 15 aircraft in that photo and it is only a proportion of the apron.Is the airport at saturation point at that time of morning and is this a negative for anyone who might be considering setting up a new base? No Flybe.Ryanair or TC in the picture but we know they are in equal numbers around the corner. Shows just how important for BHX that the Flybe situation is resolved and they can plan not just routes but how to make best use of their facilities..
 

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According to several posters on DP Air Livery are to leave MAN at the end of their lease due to a 400% rent increase. If this is true I wonder if they would look at the MAEL hangers?
 

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Turnover has climbed at the business behind Birmingham Airport despite the collapse of Monarch Airlines contributing to a drop in passenger numbers during the year. The airport, which welcomed a new chief executive in January, said it was looking forward to a year of solid growth.

In the year to 31 March 2019, turnover at Birmingham Airport Holdings Ltd rose from £155.5m to £160.8m while EBITDA increased by 1.6 per cent to £76.3m. Pre-tax profit for the period dipped from £34.5m to £32.1m.

Aeronautical income grew by 2 per cent, while commercial income grew by 4.4 per cent.

The increase in turnover was achieved despite a 2.7 per cent decrease in passenger numbers to 12.5 million which was principally driven by a reduction in scheduled passengers following the insolvency of Monarch Airlines in October 2017. The drop in scheduled flyers, however, was offset by an 11.7 per cent growth in charter passengers.

Birmingham returned to growth following the loss of Monarch from October 2018 with a 5 per cent increase in passengers in the second half of the year, which a spokesperson for the airport said had continued throughout this year.

Lost capacity following the demise of Monarch was picked up by additional aircraft from Jet2, Primera Air, TUI and Thomas Cook, although Primera, a low-cost long-haul operator, also failed later in 2018.

Looking forward, the airport, which welcomed Nick Barton as its new chief executive in January, forecast solid growth for 2019/20, supported by the expansion plans of a number of airlines.

Jet2 is continuing to build its presence at Birmingham with a further two based aircraft, providing new routes and increased frequencies, while Turkish Airlines will re-establish a twice-daily service to Istanbul, providing greater connectivity to Middle and Far Eastern destinations. TUI will be flying increased frequencies and the airport is also set to welcome Lauda Motion from winter 2019, operating a three-weekly service to Vienna.

In a report within its results, Birmingham Airport said it was already the preferred national and international aviation hub for the Midlands and its ambition was to build on this to become one of Europe's leading regional airports, "acting as a key economic accelerator, delivering great service to passengers, and helping to showcase the region at the upcoming Coventry City of Culture in 2021 and Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022".

The spokesperson added: "We're now commencing the first phase of a £500m master plan programme to extend and improve the terminal and passenger facilities."
https://www.insidermedia.com/insider...further-growth
 

58terminus

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The spokesperson added: "We're now commencing the first phase of a £500m master plan programme to extend and improve the terminal and passenger facilities."
I have seen this £500m figure banded about before..A huge amount.Having also seen the latest master plan it is hard to reconcile the two.
How much of the £500m is committed to the first phase? How much would be interest? Presumably it is just a figure based on a plan that could change tomorrow and has no real substance. I hate this corporate spin.
 

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At least it's not the government funding this project...the costs might have spiralled out of control even before the start of proper construction. Resulting in an official review to decide whether it should be scrapped... :whistle:
 

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NB said he only needs £375m to do all the work
I have seen this £500m figure banded about before..A huge amount.Having also seen the latest master plan it is hard to reconcile the two.
How much of the £500m is committed to the first phase? How much would be interest? Presumably it is just a figure based on a plan that could change tomorrow and has no real substance. I hate this corporate spin.
I understand NB was quoted as saying he didn't need £500m to do the planned work, £375m would do it !
 

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Love the photo but it makes an interesting point.I count 15 aircraft in that photo and it is only a proportion of the apron.Is the airport at saturation point at that time of morning and is this a negative for anyone who might be considering setting up a new base? No Flybe.Ryanair or TC in the picture but we know they are in equal numbers around the corner. Shows just how important for BHX that the Flybe situation is resolved and they can plan not just routes but how to make best use of their facilities..
The TUi 787 had arrived on one of the remote stands about 10 minutes before I took the picture and there were a couple of the 80's stands free. All of the others were taken though.

NB said he only needs £375m to do all the work

I understand NB was quoted as saying he didn't need £500m to do the planned work, £375m would do it !
I heard that he also thinks that the projected numbers from the master plan were not quite ambitious enough?
 

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I heard that he also thinks that the projected numbers from the master plan were not quite ambitious enough?
Whilst on the one hand I'd tend to agree, on the other to even reach 18mppa by 2033 we'd have to be seeing 3 extra daily short haul flights added every year between now and then. Without any airline opening a new base at BHX I can't really see us getting much more than that. I could maybe see us getting 20mppa by 2033 but not much more.

Unless NB knows something we don't... :unsure:
 

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BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT AWARDED STAR UK AIRPORT 2019

Birmingham Airport Awarded Star UK Airport 2019

Birmingham Airport has again scooped the UK Travel Agents Star UK Airport Award 2019.

The Travel Bulletin Star Awards sees the travel industry competing for prestigious awards and Birmingham Airport was up against some of the biggest names in the business.

This is the fifth time that Birmingham Airport has won this award in the last six years and was up against strong competition from other UK airports with entries from Bristol, London City Airport, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted and Manchester.

This award is testament to the large investment that the airport has made to improve both the journey for the customer and the infrastructure in the airport. In addition to recent developments the airport has recently launched its Master Plan which shows how Birmingham airport will grow from 13m passengers to 18 million passengers by 2030.




Tom Screen, Aviation Director, Birmingham Airport said: “I am delighted that we have won this award for the fifth time in six years. This accolade is hugely important to us as it is voted by the travel trade who listen to the requirements of our customers, selecting Birmingham Airport on the merit of its routes and customer service.

“We have the biggest travel trade team in the UK, comprising of four ‘gurus’, who cover a large catchment area to ensure that Birmingham is at the forefront of all of our travel trade agent’s minds when booking customers holidays and business trips. The teams’ hard work, and that of all of our terminal, security and operations staff, has meant that we have retained this very important award once again.”

This award comes shortly after Birmingham Airport being announced as the second-best airport in the recent Which? Annual Airport Survey.

The Travel Bulletin Awards recognise and celebrate excellence by acknowledging suppliers that have flourished over the last 12 months, providing the best products and services to travel agents nationwide.

The voting was conducted exclusively by high street, online and home-based travel agents.


 

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Considering the reports from some posters of travel agents being ignorant of what BHX has to offer, or being given juicy incentives by other airports, it's good to hear that the team have been working hard to redress the balance (y)
 

58terminus

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Considering the reports from some posters of travel agents being ignorant of what BHX has to offer, or being given juicy incentives by other airports, it's good to hear that the team have been working hard to redress the balance (y)
Looks good but strange that after winning it 5 times in the last 6 years the posts continue to beamone the fact agents direct local customers to other airports.Maybe giving more than receiving? But its probably a good night out.
 

Ray Finkle

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I won't post the whole article but another accolade means that the back slapping can continue.


I notice that Tom Screen has Tweeted that he wants to go to Seville. Well he has the choice of Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Bristol and even East Midlands, sadly just not BHX :(
 

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