Birmingham International Airport (airport code BHX) lies roughly eight miles from Birmingham's city centre in the borough of Solihull. After four of London's international airports and Manchester Airport, Birmingham is the sixth busiest airport in the UK. It serves not only the city of Birmingham but the entire West Midlands region. The airport is conveniently located one mile from junction 6 of the M42 motorway.
Domestic, international and charter flights all are in daily operation at Birmingham, and this airport even makes it possible to reach destinations far beyond the EU without going to a major London airport. A full listing of the passenger airlines serving Birmingham is here, while charter aircraft information is here for those of you with a bit more money in your pockets. If you are more of a visual person, the map of all cities which can be reached from Birmingham is here. The airlines which serve the most destinations are bmiBaby, First Choice Airways, Flybe, MyTravel Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomsonfly, Monarch Airlines and XL Airways.
Transport to Birmingham Airport includes rail service, coaches and local buses. There are frequent trains which run to and from New Street Station between the hours of 6.00 and 23.00, and the fare is downright cheap. The local bus is even cheaper, and although the journey itself is a bit longer, it is still under a half hour. The airport is also served by National Express coach service, which leaves from Birmingham Digbeth Coach Station. You can narrow down your transportation options - including cycle and motorbike - by reading through each on this page.
The Birmingham Airport has recently added a new food court to complement the existing restaurants and bars already in the airport. One of the new restaurants is a New York/Italian theme restaurant called Frankie and Benny's, but the usual suspects are also present as well. You will also find the basic airport shops, including Boots and WH Smith, alongside more interesting spots like Serendipity Games and the La Senza lingerie shop.
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