Airport News – May 2014

Airport News

There has been some good news coming from the UKs regional airports over the last month and here is the news of both Manchester Airport and Birmingham Airport



After the great city great airports speech from Birmingham Airport CEO Paul Kehoe, the airport has today announced record breaking figure of 893’229 passengers during the month of May, this is the busiest may in history for Birmingham airport increasing 5.3% from last year and 1.8% higher than the previous record posted in 2008. This means that the airport has now posted two record breaking months in a row when in the previous month of April more than 750’000 passengers travelled through the airport. The main routes to profit from the recent increase is Toulouse (+187.1%), Bergerac (+176%) and Bordeaux (+144.7%)

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, said: “To achieve two record-breaking months back-to-back is no mean feat. Beating our previous record for April was fantastic, but to follow it up with a record-breaking May is a magnificent achievement.

“The performance over the past two months is particularly encouraging as we enter the busiest period of the year. Last week we saw Aegean Airlines launch a twice weekly service to Athens and we hope the expanding network of routes available from

Birmingham will see this upward trend continue into the summer months.”

Scheduled traffic in May accounted for 80.4% of all traffic, with charter flights making up the remaining 19.6%

This comes shortly after Paul Kehoe’s speech to MP’s following the Queen’s Speech on the 4th June

Paul Kehoe told the cross-party gathering MPs:

“The West Midlands is the only region in the UK with a positive balance of trade with China, with our advanced manufacturing base leading the way. Businesses in the region and beyond tell us that they want to fly to growing markets around the world from their local regional airport, not have to travel through the congested South East.

“With air traffic set to double over the next fifty years, the Airports Commission is rightly looking at expanding UK airport capacity, but we also need to see Government action to make better use of the airports and runways we have already. This means changes to tax rules to encourage airlines to use regional airports for long haul routes, and a concerted government-led marketing push around the world to let growing markets and foreign airlines know Britain’s city regions and our airports are open for business.

“With less than a year before the election, we are looking forward to continuing to engage with political parties, businesses and across the aviation industry, to debate how we can promote the role that the UK’s great and connected cities and our regional airports can play in rebalancing the economy.”

And if the above was not enough Birmingham will become the first airport outside of London to host flights to and from China with the first flight set to depart on the 22nd of July



Manchester has also been celebrating superb passenger numbers after attracting 21 million passengers since the 27th may 2014 to celebrate the 21st millionth passenger Dr Rachel Brown who was travelling with Singapore Airline on the 27th May 2014 received many prizes including 21’000 KrisFlyer Miles an upgrade to business class and the first to board the flight which included a crew-Led tour of the aircraft, A celebration cake and Manchester Airport fast track passes.

Dr Rachel Brown said “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip with Singapore Airlines. The airline would always be my first choice for either leisure or business travel.”

A Singapore Airlines cabin crew member welcomes Dr Rachel Brown on board in Business Class

A Singapore Airlines cabin crew member welcomes Dr Rachel Brown on board in Business Class

Singapore Airlines is the longest serving long-haul airline operating out of Manchester where its operations commenced on the 1st April 1986.

The above announcement came just a week after the airport celebrated a new route to Charlotte, North Carolina with American Airlines. The inaugural flight departed Manchester terminal 3 on the 23rd May. The airport operates in a catchment area of 20 million people and is determined to grow in the improving economical times.

On the 29th of May Weber Shandwick was appointed as media and investor relations ahead of its first international road show through its locations in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Weber Shandwick set down plans of promoting the 5 million square foot development to Chinese business during a road show that took place between the 9th and 13th of July.

Upon the announcement Angela Fielding, Senior Project Director at Argent (Airport city development manager) said. We are looking forward to taking Airport City Manchester out to China to showcase its strong proposition amongst a key audience for the development. We feel having the right PR partners in place will enable us to maximise on the strong media awareness that exists already in China and to take this to the next level through a targeted, insight-led approach. “As well as having the on the ground support, the Press Office at Manchester Airports Group (MAG) will continue to drive UK awareness for Airport City Manchester and the road show.”

The show itself was deemed a total success with over 200 delegates attending to find out what Manchester airport and the surrounding area can offer. Visiting Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen a senior delegation from Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the British Embassy, Argent and MIDAS showed potential occupiers looking to expand into the UK, the benefits of the project, which is a UK first.

On the road show, MAG’s Chief Executive Officer Charlie Cornish said: “It is a really exciting time to take Airport City Manchester out to China and I believe the seniority of the delegation out there, proved the strength of the project and what it offers businesses looking to expand into the UK.

“We met attendees from a wide range of industry sectors that just proves Airport City Manchester isn’t just for aviation businesses. The nature of the project appeals to any type of business that needs access to global markets easily and the unrivalled connectivity of Airport City Manchester more than delivers this.”

Argent’s Managing Partner, David Partridge said: “It was an incredibly exciting opportunity to take Airport City Manchester out to China and to meet interested parties face to face. It has been a delight to showcase the size and scale of the project, plus its benefits to a whole range of different industry sectors including finance, technology, advanced manufacturing and aviation. Plans for the project are progressing at a great pace and to reciprocate the fact people gave up their time to see us in China, we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to Manchester, to visit Airport City in September, to see the project first-hand.”

Airport City Manchester will be the core element of the UK Government-designated Enterprise Zone, which is intended to stimulate business growth through the provision of subsidies in the form of business rate discounts, worth up to £275,000, super-fast broadband, simplified planning procedures and the retention of pooled business rates by the Local Authority for a period of at least 25 years.

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