The airport is about 8 miles from Birmingham city centre off the M42 motorway, which connects to the M1 to the east and M6 to the West. Despite being the fourth largest city in England with a huge catchment area to draw on, Birmingham Airport passenger numbers at 8 million are relatively small compared to Manchester Airport at 19 million, Gatwick airport 32 million and Heathrow Airport at a staggering 63 million. Whilst the nearby Nottingham East Midlands airport has undoubtedly affected passenger growth due to low cost airlines such as BMI baby and Ryanair establishing themselves there, the same can be said for Stansted airport and Luton airport which has not stopped the growth of Gatwick and Heathrow.
The government have recently announced that Birmingham airport is the chosen airport for the Midlands and widening and extension of the runway will be a part of this development although there is no time limit currently earmarked. The airport is currently undergoing a 20 million development to increase terminal, multi storey car parking and improved road access.
The one major advantage Birmingham airport has over its bigger rivals is that from a customer viewpoint the airport is easier to move around with luggage retrieval far quicker. The new M6 toll has also helped ease congestion on the M6, which links to the M42, this being said the nearby National Exhibition Centre greatly adds to the traffic on the M42 and customers are, advised to check on events at the NEC to avoid delays.
Flypark offers two cark parks for Birmingham airport with one located West of the airport and one to the East. We recommend that customers view the location of each car park prior to booking and choose the car park closest to them.