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Birmingham Airport is delighted to have launched two new routes with Wizz Air this week, welcoming back the popular Poznan route and introducing a new route to Krakow.

Poznan located, in the centre of Poland and the fifth largest city has been reinstated due to demand.  With Wizz’s new Krakow route adding extra capacity to a popular destination that saw an increase in passengers of 24% between 1st January and 31st August 2019.

The addition of these two new routes complement the existing six routes that Wizz Air serves to: Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Warsaw Chopin and Modlin airports, plus Wroclaw.

Travellers to Poznań can expect an abundance of things to see and do including a choice of historical attractions and museums, renaissance-style architecture, as well as dining and nightlife options to suit a range of tastes. Those wishing to explore Krakow, a city known for its old-world ambiance and charm, can experience a range of exciting galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: “It’s great news that Wizz Air is now operating flights to Poznań and Krakow, bringing the total number of routes Wizz Air operate from Birmingham Airport to seven. These new services provide vital connections for friends and family as well as enabling travel to exciting city break destinations!  We are grateful to Wizz Air for their continued commitment to Birmingham Airport and the Midlands.

“Wizz Air also operates to Cluj-Napoca, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Wroclaw and now adds Poznań and Krakow to its route list. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.”

Tamara Vallois, Head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: “We are delighted to announce we now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only £17.99 hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.”

Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline, has been a partner of Birmingham Airport since June 2015 with its inaugural route to Warsaw, quickly followed by Budapest. One-way fares to Poznań and Krakow start from £17.99.

For more information on Wizz Air flights from Birmingham Airport please visit: https://wizzair.com/en-gb#/

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Brussels Airport welcomed more than 5.3 million passengers over the two summer months, 2.6 million in August alone.


Brussels Airport welcomed more than 5.3 million passengers over the two summer months, 2.6 million in August alone.

This summer, more than 5.3 million passengers passed through Brussels Airport, up 2.6% on the same period in 2018. Taking its lead from July, August also saw a nice 2.6% growth, welcoming over 2.6 million passengers. Cargo transport, for its part, fell by 8.7% compared to August 2018.

The school holidays have just ended and the traffic results are more than positive for Brussels Airport. Over the two months of holidays, no fewer than 5,377,828 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, an increase of 2.6% compared to the same period in 2018. The busiest day of the summer, but also of the year and even in the history of Brussels Airport, was Monday 29 July with 98,076 passengers. This summer was marked by many busy days with more than 90,000 passengers, and even over 95,000 passengers on several occasions.

In August, Brussels Airport welcomed 2,642,358 passengers, representing a 2.6% increase compared to August 2018, keeping up the momentum recorded in June and in July.

The number of originating passengers was up by 1.5% compared to August 2018. The number of transfer passengers increased by 1.9% compared to the same month last year. The number of arriving passengers rose by 3.2%, as a result of the end of the school holidays.

The strongest growth in long-haul traffic was recorded by Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and United Airlines.

In the short-haul segment, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Tap Air Portugal, Aeroflot, Corendon, Finnair and airBaltic enjoyed the strongest increase.

Cargo transport at Brussels Airport was down by 8.7%.

In August 2019, full freighter traffic experienced a sharp drop of 17.1% in comparison to August of last year, which can be explained by the reduction in the frequency of full freighter flights. This reduction in capacity has consequences for belly cargo, which, in turn increased by 2.7%. This upward trend can also be put down to the arrival of larger aircraft from Finnair and the recovery of the freight loading business at Brussels Airlines compared to last year.

Integrator services, for their part, fell by 5.7%, while trucked freight witnessed a sharp downturn of 15.8%.

The number of passenger flights increased slightly by 1.5% in comparison to August of last year. The number of passengers per flight went from 135 passengers to an average of 137 passengers per flight.

Unfortunately, the summer holidays were marked by three incidents in the baggage handling system, each with a different cause. In early August, baggage handling was disrupted due to a strap that became detached from a piece of baggage, which blocked the system for a few hours. Together with its partners, Brussels Airport worked tirelessly to dispatch the baggage that had been blocked at Brussels Airport to the passengers concerned as quickly as possible.

A total of 4.3 million pieces of luggage were handled at Brussels Airport this summer. 99.4% of this luggage was handled and delivered on time, but unfortunately about 26,000 pieces could not be dispatched immediately. Brussels Airport regrets the inconvenience that these incidents may have caused for the passengers concerned and is doing everything possible to further increase the reliability of its baggage handling system.

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Birmingham Airport has been named as the best large airport in the country outside of London in Which? Travel’s 2019 Annual Airport Survey. Which? surveyed 4,499 of its members, looking at more than 6,000 airport experiences, highlighting the best and worst airports across the UK.

Birmingham Airport finished second to London Heathrow T5 in terms of UK airports within the category of more than 10 million passengers per year. Heathrow achieved a customer satisfaction rating of 66 per cent, with Birmingham earning a 65 per cent customer score and three stars out of five across all categories.

Which? Travel’s 2019 Annual Airport Survey asked members to rate areas including airport seating, toilets, staff, prices across concessions, baggage reclaim and queue times.

Stuart Haseley-Nejrup, Head of Customer Experience at Birmingham Airport said: “This week has been a positive one for us, not only being recognised as the best large airport in the country, outside of London, but earlier this week Birmingham Airport was also announced as UK Travel Agents Star UK Airport Award 2019 for the fifth time in six years!

“Over the past year we have heavily focused on our customer service and the Which? survey results are testament to the investment we have made to improve the overall satisfaction of passengers who fly with us. We have focused heavily on creating a seamless customer journey with efforts being placed on increasing staff on the ground, improving the overall airport infrastructure, speeding up check-in times with more self-service check in desks, as well as improvements to security and passport control.

“In addition to the recent developments we have made across the airport site, we are investing even further with the aim of making Birmingham one of Europe’s leading regional Airports growing the current 13 million passengers to 18 million passengers by 2030.”

For more information about Birmingham Airport, please visit https://birminghamairport.co.uk/


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