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The fifth busiest airport in the UK, Birmingham handles (as of 2005) nine million passengers a year. The airport offers many domestic flights in addition to destinations across Europe and some flights to the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and North America.

The airport is next to the M42 motorway and A45 main road; in addition it is also served by Birmingham International railway station on the Birmingham to London line.

The airport was first opened in July 1939 by Birminham City Council. It was requisitioned by the Air Ministry during WWII and was used by the RAF for military purposes. In July 1946 it remained under government control but was returned to civilian use.

Public events such as air fairs were held on the site during post-war years. In 1960, the City of Birminham took over responsiblity and in 1974 ownership was passed to the newly formed West Midlands County Council.

The airport gradually expanded as the airport became busier and international flights more popular. As a result, a new terminal which could handle 3 million passengers annually was opened in 1984. In 1991, with the Concorde in attendance, the first terminal in the world to combine domestic and international passengers was opened. This was nicknamed "Eurohub", and more than doubled the airport's capacity. Despite the new buildings, the original art deco 1939 terminal and control tower are still present, alongside hangars to the west of the main runway.

In 1983 the airport was made private, although the local authorities still own a 49% share. On 1 April 1987, the ownership of the Airport transferred to Birmingham International Airport plc, a public limited company owned by the seven West Midlands district councils.

Concorde made a final visit on 20 October 2003 as part of her farewell tour.

The airport has published a development plan up to 2030. The first major step is a planned extension of the main runway, to increase the runway length to 3000 meters. The aim is to complete in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

The airport company believes that there is likely to be sufficient demand for long-range direct services operated by aircraft whose operation would be constrained by the current runway. At 2605 metres, this is relatively short for an airport with Birmingham's passenger throughput and range of destinations.

The construction of this extension to the southern end of the main runway will require the A45 Coventry Road to be diverted into a tunnel under the extended section.

The second element will be the construction of a shorter (2000 metre) runway parallel to the existing one. This is scheduled for "some time after 2016".

Both proposals are very controversial, with much opposition from environmentalists and local residents. In particular the requirement for a second runway based on projected demand is vociferously disputed by opponents.

The master plan also proposes the development of a satellite extension to the current Terminal 1, and the construction of a third terminal.

In addition a new high-speed turnoff has been completed (as of June 2006). This allows aircraft to save time and fuel by letting them turn straight off the runway and into the parking areas without forcing them to travel to the end of the runway or to other existing turnoff strips.

A new food court has been constructed as well, which comprises a smart seating area, a self-service bar, a coffee bar and an American/Italian restaurant. As well as this new redevelopment, the airport also has a number of other food establishments, including a Burger King, a Wetherspoons bar and several cafe bars. Airside a new Yates wine lodge has recently opened. It also has a substantial airside and terminal-side shopping area, including shops such as The Body Shop, Ladbrokes bookmakers, Music Zone and Boots The Chemist.

This history article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Birmingham Airport".

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Birmingham Airparks Services providing birmingham airport parking Birmingham Airport Parking - Birmingham Airparks Services
AddressAirparks Services,
Mackadown Lane,
B33 0TJ
Postcode for Sat NavB33 0TJ
Transfer Time The airport is about a 15 minute transfer, which is about 4 and a half miles.
Transfer Time10 minutes
Frequency of Transfer15
Transfer ProcedureA free transfer service runs from the car park to the airport terminal on a 24 hour basis and takes
DirectionsExit M42 at J6 and follow signs for A45 towards Birmingham. Go past the airport turning and continue for a mile, past the Forte Posthouse on the right. 2 miles further turn right at 2nd set of traffic lights towards Garretts Green. At roundabout turn right and after half a mile, turn left into Mackadown Lane. The car park entrance is 200yrds on left, just past the Autolease Centre.
Departure ProcedureOn your return, head for reception and hand in our receipt/booking card. On receipt of this your car will be returned and you can collect it.
Arrival Procedure Check in at reception and car is parked for you. You are then transferred to the airport in shuttle bus. Whole procedure should take about 30 mins.
SecuritySecurity cameras and microwave detection system installed. Fully-fenced, floodlit car park with 24 hour patrols. This car park holds the AA Gold Standard Security Award - the highest accolade that can be awarded to a car park in the UK.
Birmingham APH providing birmingham airport parking Birmingham Airport Parking - Birmingham APH
AddressAPH Birmingham,
Faraday Avenue,
B46 1AL
Postcode for Sat NavB46 1AL
Transfer Time APH is conveniently located just off the M42 J9, approx 10-15 mins from Birmingham Airport.
Transfer Time10/15 minutes
Frequency of Transfer10
Transfer ProcedureTransfers operate every 10-15 mins, 24 hours a day.
DirectionsFrom the M6 join the M42 heading North and proceed to J9. Exit at J9 and take the A446 heading towards Coventry. Turn left at the next island into Hams Lane and then left again at the next island into Farraday Avenue. APH is situated 70 yards down on the right.
Departure ProcedureFull instructions of your returns procedure will be given when you arrive at the car park.
Arrival Procedure On arrival at APH, report to Reception and present your confirmation slip or quote your booking reference number.
SecurityThe car park has barrier control, CCTV and holds the AA/Police Gold award for security.
Birmingham CPS Personal Parking providing birmingham airport parking Birmingham Airport Parking - Birmingham CPS Personal Parking
AddressCPS Personal Parking,
Chauffered Parking Services,
CPS Croudace House,
Godstone Road,
Postcode for Sat NavCR3 6XQ
Transfer Time 10 mins, about 4.5 miles (cars are stored at Airparks).
Transfer Timeat terminal
Transfer ProcedureYour car is collected and returned to the terminal, hence the 'Meet and Greet' name.
DirectionsAs this is a 'Meet and Greet' service, the meeting point will be advised by CPS when you re-confirm your booking (call them up to arrange meeting point).
Departure ProcedureYour vehicle is returned to you at the terminal.
Arrival Procedure You will be met at the terminal by a CPS representative and your car is driven to Airparks Services.
SecuritySecurity cameras and microwave detection system installed. Airparks has fully-fenced, floodlit car parks with 24 patrols. This car park is Gold Standard secured C.
Undercover Parking Yes, on request.
Trailer FacilitiesYes, available.
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