With new flights to Toronto and Stockholm unveiled, and the launch of a second daily service to Dubai, Birmingham Airport ended this year on a high. Steve Dyson reports.
Birmingham Airport will soon be operating three new transatlantic flights to North America.
The latest announcement is Primera Air’s direct flight to Toronto, the largest city in Canada, which starts in May 2018 – with fares starting from just £149 one-way including taxes. This will complement flights to New York and Boston, also starting in spring 2018, which the Danish and Latvian-based budget airline announced earlier this year after United Airlines axed its long-running New York route.
Primera’s hat-trick of new flights will run three times a week to Toronto, daily to New York Newark and four-times-a-week to Boston. Tickets can be booked at www.primeraair.com.
Responding to the latest announcement, William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, says: “It is welcome news that Primera Air is expanding its choice of popular transatlantic destinations from Birmingham by adding a route of Toronto.
“Having only announced two routes to Boston and New York in July of this year this shows the demand that Primera Air is seeing from the Midlands.
“Demand for travel to United States and Canadian destinations from the West Midlands is high and Primera Air is offering fantastic seat prices meaning it is likely Toronto will be very popular. We recommend passengers book ahead to avoid disappointment as we expect seats will sell quickly.”
Andri Ingolfsson, the president and chairman of Primera Air, says: “Yet again, we are very proud to announce our new direct routes from our European bases to Canada. Toronto will be a great addition to our earlier announced New York and Boston routes from Birmingham.
“With our brand new Airbus321NEOs airplanes, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircrafts. The unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft means we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to our passengers from the UK.
“At the same time, we are very proud to be offering a low-fare but high-quality product and service concept, perfect both for leisure and business travellers.”
Emirates has launched its second daily A380 airliner’s service out of Birmingham, less than two years after its inaugural A380 flight from the city.
The introduction of the double-daily A380 service on 29 October was driven by huge demand from passengers in Birmingham.
Since the first A380 service between Birmingham and Dubai launched back in March 2016, nearly 500,000 passengers have flown on the aircraft between the two cities.
Emirates started flying from Birmingham in December 2000 as a daily service to Dubai, then operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330. Since then, Emirates has carried more than 5.2 million passengers between Birmingham and Dubai.
Laurie Berryman, Emirates vice president in the UK, says: “The launch of the second daily A380 service shows our continued commitment to this important route. “Thanks to its strategic position in the Midlands, the route allows both visitors and businesses to travel to Dubai and beyond from the heart of the UK.
“Now in its seventeenth year, we have seen a pronounced growth in the popularity of our Birmingham service and look forward to a bright future with our twice daily A380 service.”
William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, says: “We are delighted that Emirates has launched a second A380 service from Birmingham to Dubai with this iconic aircraft. Emirates’ hub in Dubai offers connections to 154 destinations, over six continents, giving our region’s travellers global connectivity with an award-winning airline.
“Having this additional capacity on the lunchtime service to Dubai and onwards ensures flexibility and choice for passengers and also shows the commitment that Emirates has in the Midlands region.”
Emirates’ flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25hrs and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25hrs. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 00:35hrs the following day.
Passengers travelling in Emirates’ business class can enjoy access to a dedicated lounge at Birmingham Airport as well as Emirates’ chauffeur-drive service to and from the airport within a 70-mile radius.
For more information about flights from Birmingham Airport, visit www.birminghamairport.co.uk
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is launching twice weekly flights from Birmingham Airport to Stockholm from the early spring.
The new SAS route – served by Boeing 737 120-seat airliners – will operate on Fridays and Sundays from 30 March 2018
Friday’s flights will arrive into Birmingham at 0800 and depart for Stockholm at 0840 and Sunday’s will arrive at 0935 and depart for Stockholm at 1015.
William Pearson, aviation director at Birmingham Airport, said: “SAS is a long standing airline at Birmingham Airport and it’s great to see an expansion of its services to include a new route of Stockholm, added to its existing route of Copenhagen.
“The Swedish capital of Stockholm stretches across fourteen islands meaning there is stunning scenery. It also offers great nightlife and restaurants and local warmth and hospitality.”
Niko Ek, regional sales manager at Scandinavian Airlines, said: “We are glad to soon be starting our new route from Birmingham, where we have seen a growing demand from our passengers, both traveling for pleasure and business.”
Fares start from £82.00 one way including taxes and charges, and can be booked at www.flysas.co.uk.
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