Birmingham International Airport is a modern, high-tech international destination just six miles from the city centre. With a considerable number of airlines flying to and from BIA (listed further down), and several strong travel links, plus good parking to allow onward journeys and easy access, it’s an ideal choice for those going away.
The airport itself features a great number of services to keep you entertained while you wait for your flight. There are a range of shops, including WHSmith (books, confectionery, magazines), Boots (pharmacy), and even Antler (suitcases, bags). There’s also a considerable range of eateries, from cafés like Caffe Nero and Costa, to restaurants like Frankie & Benny’s and Wetherspoon.
For those who want to access the internet while at the airport, there is free WiFi access available throughout the terminal building. Additionally, the airport offers currency exchange through several Bureau de Changes.
For those seeking a little luxury before they fly, there are a number of airport lounges where you can escape the hustle and bustle of departures. These lounges not only offer seclusion, but also free snacks and drinks, Wi-Fi, TVs and even free newspapers and magazines.
The airport itself, structurally, is an impressive and spacious series of interconnected spaces after a £40m renovation project in 2000 transformed it into its current state. There are all required facilities (from toilets to religious spaces), and seating for you while you’re here.
A multitude of different hotels that will allow you to get some rest the night before you fly, or in-between two connecting flights. Hotels available near the airport include the following:
All of them are located on-site, and Etap, Ibis and Travelodge are directly opposite the terminal building, which should make getting from your bed to the airport a simple process. All of them are designed with a low-cost stay in mind, so if you do find that your plane has been delayed and you need to find somewhere to get some sleep, these four hotels should be ideal.
For those driving to the airport, whether it’s to drop someone off or to park while they travel, there are many different options when parking at Birmingham airport. Turn-up parking as well as parking in advance makes for an easier experience for those who may not be sure whether or not they’re taking their car until the last minute. Drop-off, short, medium and long-stay car parks are all priced accordingly.
Many airlines fly from Birmingham, the airlines currently operating are as follows:
Aer Lingus Regional
Pakistan International Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
Thomas Cook Airlines
There are also a multitude of destinations for the adventurous traveller, and a travel shop is available on-site for those who may not be leaving today, but would like to speak to an experienced professional about planning and booking some time away.
Birmingham airport is also ideally suited for those arriving in the UK on holiday rather than departing, and its transport links mean it is only a short journey from the city centre whether by car, train, bus, or even bicycle. From the home of Cadbury’s chocolate to the Thinktank Planetarium, Birmingham is a hub of British culture with a lot to offer. With a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and price ranges, Birmingham airport is a vital link to the city, and to others in the UK and beyond, via the connected train stations.
Birmingham Airport is ranked 7th busiest airport in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authourity (CAA). It handled 8.5 million passengers in 2010 down from a peak of 9.6 million in 2008.
Top destinations in 2010
Dublin – Ireland (534,982)
Dubai– United Arab Emirates (497,362)
Amsterdam– Netherlands (427,004)
Paris Charles de Gaulle– France (314,227)
Alicante – Spain (293,507)
Getting to the airport
Birmingham airport is located just off junction 6 of the M42 via the A45. It is connected to Birmingham International
Visit our Birmingham airport parking page to find out about costs and locations of car parks.
Please allow the following approximate times before flights for check-in and security but remember that each airline has there own check-in policy so be sure to check with them first.
International flights – allow 3 hours to check-in prior to departure
European flights – allow 2 hours to check-in prior to departure
UK flights – allow 1.5 hours to check-in prior to departure