Wednesday, 28 May 2014

BHX update

So lots has happened at Birmingham recently, with the runway extension going live, a major expansion from Flybe and various other developments. Highlights have been:

  • The 400m runway extension and taxiway Sierra are now in use. This now means Birmingham's runway can handle any aircraft with no payload restrictions. The first flights requiring the extension will be a series of charter flights operated direct from Beijing by China Southern this summer.
  • Aegean Airlines, the largest Greek carrier, are starting flights to Athens from BHX from June.
  • Lufthansa are passing all of their BHX flights, with the exception of Frankfurt and Munich, over to their low cost subsidiary Germanwings by the end of the year.
  • Monarch are to operate charter flights to Kavala and Skiathos in Greece this summer. Their maintenance hangar continues to receive unusual guests!
  • Flybe have undergone a rebranding (#purpleplane) and have expanded their BHX operation making it their largest base. New flights from 2014 include Cologne-Bonn, Florence, Hamburg, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Oslo-Gardermoen, Porto, Alicante, Ibiza, Palma and Newquay. Many of these are operated by their new Embraer 175's.
  • Thomson Airways are starting various new routes this summer including Agadir, Catania, Chania, Djerba and Porto Santo. In addition, their German counterpart TUIfly will be operating flights to Palma on their behalf throughout the summer season.
  • In addition to Flybe starting thrice weekly services to Iceland, Icelandair have announced they are to begin flights twice weekly to Reykjavik-Keflavik from Birmingham. Link here. Whether the 2 will be able coexist we will have to wait and see!