Birmingham by Air

Regular fliers can make the most of the convenient and accessible Birmingham Airport, just outside the centre of the city.

Birmingham Airport is one of the largest airports outside of London


Birmingham Airport is the third largest airport outside of London and sees 10 million people a year travel through its gates. It has recently benefited from a £200m improvement programme which included a runway extension. The airport now has direct services to Beijing increasing the total number of direct destinations from the airport to 140 worldwide. These destinations include daily flights to New York, Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai, Paris and Frankfurt.

In recent years, Birmingham Airport has won several awards such as:

  • Airport of the Year 2013 (The Global AirRail Awards)
  • Control Tower Project of the Year (RICS West Midlands Awards)
  • Best ‘Regeneration’ Scheme 2013 (RICS West Midlands Awards)
  • UK’s Best Airport 2012 (‘Which Travel’ members)
  • Airport of the Year 2012 (UK National Transport Awards)

Key Facts

  • Birmingham Airport it the 3rd largest airport outside of London and the 7th largest in the UK
  • There are a total of 422 direct and non-direct flights available from the airport
  • In 2015, the airport celebrated its 75th anniversary


Birmingham Airport is served by 50 different airlines, offering 200 short and long haul flights to all corners of the world giving you plenty of choice when it comes to taking a trip to somewhere new.


Thanks to its central UK location, Birmingham Airport is accessible from all directions of the country via the nearby motorways (M40, M5, M6, M42 and M1).

The airport also has its own rail station, Birmingham International which is just 10 minutes from Birmingham New Street with many lines travelling directly to London Euston station.

Buses frequent the airport as well including the 900 bus service between Birmingham and Coventry, National Express coaches and Megabus service.


Staying Overnight

If you would rather stop at a hotel prior to your flight, there are a choice of four hotels on-site. The newly opened Resorts World Birmingham - only a 15 minute walk from the airport - houses The Genting Hotel with both four and five star suites just across from the airport.

Birmingham city centre is only 10 minutes via train if you wish to stay in the city. You can discover hotels and other accomodation on the Visit Birmingham website here.

London Airports

If you are making a trip to one of the capital's airports, you can easily reach London thanks to Birmingham's location and transport networks.

By car: The M40 and M1 motorways allow for a straightforward drive to London. Gatwick is only 2 hours and 40 minutes via the M40 with Heathrow only taking roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes.

By coach: Birmingham Coach Station in Digbeth is only a short walk from the city centre and has regular coachs taking you to the London airports. 


Discover More about transport in Birmingham

There are plenty of transport options for travelling in and around the Birmingham region including relaxing trips across the canals and regular trains taking you across the nation and beyond.