Birmingham International Poised to Become Gateway to London

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Australian Holidaymakers looking to visit London in the near future could find that Birmingham International has become the cheapest alternative, thanks to a planned super-fast rail link and runway expansion.

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While the planned high-speed rail line will cut the journey between Birmingham International and the centre of London to 38 minutes, passengers will have to wait until 2026 to take advantage of the link

Birmingham International Airport chiefs claim that the airport is poised to become “the solution” to London’s capacity problem, after the British government put future expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick on hold. Further investment and planned transport links will see the airport become the number one airport for Aussies looking for cheap flights to London in 2026, according to industry analysts.

“While the planned high-speed rail line will cut the journey between Birmingham International and the centre of London to 38 minutes, passengers will have to wait until 2026 to take advantage of the link,” says Darin Walters, MD of online travel experts Jetabroad. “However, in the interim Virgin Trains are working on reducing the journey into London to 50 minutes, which would put it nearly on par with travel times from Stansted.”

Birmingham International is currently putting the finishing touches on a 400 metre runway expansion plan, which will allow larger jets to fly non-stop to destinations such as China and America’s west coast, opening Birmingham up to Australia. The airport is on course to double its existing capacity to 18 million passengers a year, while mooted investment would see this number rise to 30 million – nearly half that of Heathrow’s 66 million.

“The advantage Birmingham will have over other London airports is price, put simply. Over the next few years we’re likely see Birmingham become a magnet for cheap international airfare,” continues Walters. “The UK airline industry has to find increased capacity somewhere – and that’s likely to be at Birmingham.”

Meanwhile, Virgin Trains is negotiating with airlines over introducing combination “fly the train” airline tickets, which incorporate the cost of a London train-fare into the total ticket price.

"We have plenty of capacity and with excellent transport links we are uniquely positioned to attract passengers – including from the overheated South East – as part of an integrated approach,” said Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's chief executive. “I hope that the Government's new thinking will encourage others to take a fresh look at their travel habits and see that there are compelling alternatives to Heathrow."

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