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LocationBirmingham International Airport is a major airport located on the border of the city of Birmingham. The airport is also close to the borough of Solihull in the West Midlands. The airport can easily be accessed through the M42 motorway and A45 main road. It can also be accessed by the Birmingham International railway station on the Birmingham to London line.

Know your Airport - Birmingham airport is the fifth busiest airport in the UK and handles almost 8.5 million passengers every year. It currently offers many domestic flights in addition to destinations across Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America. The airport was opened at Elmdon on 8 July 1939. Then it was owned and operated by Birmingham City Council. In 1987, the ownership of the Airport was transferred to Birmingham International Airport plc. In 1983 the airport was privatized and since then the facilities and also tourist traffic have increased manifolds.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – There are two terminals, the main terminal and the new second terminal.

Transit systems
– An air-rail link system at Birmingham International Airport is operational. It is a people mover which is a fully-automated and also grade-separated rail transit system.

Inside the terminals
– The Main Terminal also known as Terminal 1 was opened in 1984. There are around 40 airlines that operate from Terminal 1. Arrivals area is on the ground floor in the Millennium link Block. Travelers can check-in at desks located on the ground floor in the main concourse. Departure Lounges are situated on the first floor. The check-in times for both International flights and European flights is 2 hours prior to departure. For domestic flights, the time is just an hour before departure. Boarding generally begins around 45 minutes before departure. Birmingham's second terminal called the Eurohub was opened in 1991. it shared the distinction of being the first terminal in the world that combined both domestic and international passengers. It is linked to Terminal 1 by the Millennium Link walkway. Arrivals on 2nd terminal are on the ground floor in the Millennium link Block. The departure lounges are on the first floor.

Safety - Enhanced security measures are enforced so certain items are a strictly banned from the airports. It is advised that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling. The security troops have strict policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials. The lapses in security at the airport are a thing of past with latest gadgets replacing human intervention.

Business facilities
– There are executive lounges in Terminal 1. The lounges are open daily from 05:30 - 19:00. The facilities offered are complimentary beverages and light snacks. A wide range of newspapers and magazines as well as facilities for television, phone and fax are available. Business Booths are available in the Departure lounge in Terminal 1. These individual private offices provide the use of power points, telephone, fax and modems. Meeting rooms are also available in Terminal 1 which can accommodate 2-40 people. Click here to know more.

Family interests
– In terminal 1, there are provisions for nappy changing rooms. These are available at all times and situated on the first floor. A few rooms can also be found in the Departure Lounge. Terminal 2 also has its own share of changing rooms especially meant for babies. Entertainment facilities are available in terminal 1 on the ground, first floor and in the departure lounges of terminals 1 and 2. These centers offer video games, amusements and rides to keep the kids pleased. Adults can take the kids to view aircraft from the picnic area at the end of the Long Stay Car Park. As far as shopping and eating go, eateries in Terminal 1 offer a wide choice of food and plenty of seats. There are many other takeaway and snack options throughout both Terminals. Parents can buy coloring or activity books from WH Smith, located in both terminals.

  Special serviceBirmingham International Airport tries to make sure that disabled passengers are able to travel as happily and hassle free as possible. There are many facilities for disabled travelers including wheelchairs available on request. Toilet facilities for the disabled are present at important locations throughout both terminals as well as in the Multi-Storey car park. Many staffs are able to communicate using sign language available at Information Desk Induction Loop System. There are reserved spaces available in the Short-Stay car park close to the terminal building.

Parking options
– At Birmingham airport, there are many parking options. There is Short Stay parking for stays up to 2 hours. Multi Storey car parks are ideal for short trips up to a week. The Long Stay car parks are perfect for stays over a week.

Extra information
- While shopping at Birmingham airport, always remember that there are products which are classed as Duty Free items. These include liquor, tobacco and pure perfume. When traveling from the EU to the UK, please do not pay any tax or duty on goods you have bought in another EU country. This is valid as long as the tax was included in the price when you purchased the items (for your own use) and gifts.

Leaving from Birmingham airport – Birmingham International railway station is directly connected to the airport passenger Terminals by SkyRail. For trains to the rest of the UK, there is a Birmingham International Interchange situated on the West Coast Main Line. National Express operates several long distance coach services linking a number of major cities with Birmingham Airport. Local buses also stop outside the passenger terminals and provide connections with the city centre and the adjacent districts. There is an official taxi rank just outside the Airport Passenger Terminals.

- Cash Dispensers help travelers to get hold of cash for all cards. These can be found in the centre of the departure. They are located in the Terminal 1 (Ground Floor, First Floor and Departure Lounge). In the Terminal 2, similar services are offered on the ground floor. Several payphones are available in the departure lounge of the airport. For tech-savvy travelers and businesspersons, there are internet booths. Many toilets are also available n the terminals and the airport.

Airlines operating from Birmingham Airport

  Adria Airways, Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Aerosvit Airlines, Air Atlanta Europe, Air France, Air India, Air Malta, bmibaby, BA Connect, BritishJet, City Airline, Czech Airlines, Emirates, Eurowings, Excel Airways, Flybe, Ryanair, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Thomsonfly, Turkmenistan Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways etc.

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