Birmingham Airport is in a celebratory mood after recording its busiest ever year. The Midlands facility welcomed 11 million passengers over the 12 months up to August, just a year after passing the ten million milestone.
Commenting on the landmark, Birmingham Airport’s CEO Paul Kehoe said: “Reaching ten million passengers last August was a big milestone in the airport’s history but reaching 11 million is an absolute game changer. It shows that demand for flying to and from the Midlands is rapidly rising and this is only expected to continue as national and international investment in the region continues and the Midlands Engine powers on.
“We have celebrated a huge number of accomplishments recently, including welcoming an astonishing 13 new airlines to the airport, creating an even stronger network of global routes. We now have over 440 direct or one-stop flights globally with 50 airlines and proudly handle the magnificent [Airbus] A380 and [Boeing 787] Dreamliner, daily.”
The airport also recorded its busiest single day to date on August 19 when it handled 44,767 passengers, an increase of 14.1% over its previous best on August 13, 2015.
Swiss International Air Lines plans to introduce its new fleet of Bombardier CS100 airliners on flights between Zurich and London Heathrow this winter.
From November 16 until December 10, the launch operator will fly the Canadian-built jet into London on Saturdays, routesonline reports. From then until January 4, the CS100 will operate into the UK gateway on Wednesdays only.
Services between Zurich and Birmingham will feature the CS100 between six and seven times a week by December 18 and Manchester, one of the type’s first scheduled destinations, will retain a weekly C Series service when the winter timetable comes into force.
Swiss is scheduled to take delivery of nine CS100s by the end of the year.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) has received regulatory approval to add the Airbus A380 to its line maintenance capabilities. The four-engine super jumbo has been added to the company’s European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Part 145 approvals, allowing MAEL to provide line maintenance support for airlines operating the type into and out of Birmingham Airport.
Derek Gibson, Commercial Director at MAEL, said: “Adding the Airbus A380 to our Part 145 certificates gives us an even wider scope of airframe capabilities. The investment made provides further evidence of our commitment to expand and support customers operating the next generation of aircraft.”