Information on Birmingham International Airport

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On July 8th 1939 Birmingham Municipal Airport was opened in Elmdon, Birmingham, it was designed to meet the growing industry in and around the city, its immediate surroundings and the residents of the area, it was owned and operated by Birmingham City Council. Civil aviation operated up until the second World War when it was then requisitioned by the Air Ministry. July 1946 saw the Airport     re-open to Civilian Air traffic although still under Government control. In 1960 the responsibility of the Airport reverted back to the City of Birmingham and in April 1974 it changed hands again, to the newly formed West Midlands Metropolitan County Council. The seven Metropolitain areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton were incorporated into this new Council. 1984 saw the opening of the Main Terminal which had a capacity for 3 million passengers, an expanded runway due to International flights being available. 1986 saw yet another change as ownership of the Melbourne airport transfers to a newly formed West Midlands District Joint Airport Committee, following the abolition of the West Midlands Council, although this new committee still comprised of the same seven District Councils of the West Midlands administrative area. New legislation was brought in in 1986 known as the Airports Act 1986 and requiring all municipal Airports with a turnover in excess of £1 million to become Public Airport Companies. Thus the airport changed hands again on 1st April 1987, the new owners being Birmingham International Airport Plc, a public limited company that was owned by the seven West Midlands District Councils. 
Birmingham International Airport saw the birth of its second Terminal in July 1991, known as the Eurohub and was the first terminal in the world to combine international passengers with domestic ones, this resulted in a transfer time of just 25 minutes as the distance between the two flights was only 250 meters and solving previous complications with customs and immigration control. In 1997 BIA was restructured again into a Private Sector company and to therefore make it possible to help it finance its £260 million development programme. March 2000 saw the opening of a new £40 million terminal which was opened by Her Majestey The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. March 2003 BIA becomes the first airport in the world to have an Air-Rail Link people mover system costing £11 million and a public transport interchange costing £7 million, with these two new features in place it further enhanced  the airports ability and reputation as one of the most accessible airports in the UK. 
Located in the centre of England, 8 miles from the City Centre and adjacent to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham International Airport is accessible by most modes of transport, with a  2 minute ride on the FREE Air-Rail Link from Birmingham International Train Station to the Airport. The station is served by frequent national, regional and local rail services. 
The airport is located 1 mile off Junction 6 on the M42 and there are direct links to the M1, M5, M6 M40 and M6 Toll road. 
Local buses also operate between Birmingham and the surrounding areas and National Express coaches connect with other UK Airports and cities via Birmingham Digbeth Coach Station. 
Melbourne silver service taxi operate 24/7 outside the airport along with pre-booked private hire cars. 
Other attractions close to BIA include the following football Clubs, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Coventry, Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Bromich Albion. Greyhound racing at Perry Bar Stadium and also home to the Birmingham Brummies Speedway team. Warwickshire County Cricket Club edgbaston, plus international golf tournaments (Ryder Cup) held at the Belfry and The Alexandra stadium hosts athletics. Wolverhampton Speedway stadium is only 25 minutes from Brimingham City Centre, then there’s Britain’s Friendliest Open Air Museum “The Black Country Living Museum” also 25 minutes from the center of Birmingham. 
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Please remember to confirm all your flight details before leaving for the airport and to insure you have all your documentation for your trip. Taxi Transfers 4U wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you in the future.