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Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:14 pm

I noticed that a number of "beach" airports in Spain have already announced new routes for 2017, many of which involve British airports (talk about Brexit!).

Anyway, at least according to Wikipedia, Birmingham (BHX) in the UK has already 32 new announced routes for W16 and S17. That is an outstanding number considering that we are still in July 2016, so new routes are likely to come later for S17. Is there any reason for that? I know Jet2 has announced a base (with 15 routes), but that still leaves 17 new routes with 6 other carriers.

The new routes:

1. ACE (Lanzarote), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
2. AGP (Málaga), Jet2, starts Mar-17.
3. AGP (Málaga), Vueling, starts Nov-16.
4. AHO (Alghero), Thomson, starts May-17.
5. ALC (Alicante), Jet2, starts Mar-17.
6. CHQ (Chania), Ryanair, starts Mar-17.
7. CIY (Comiso), Thomas Cook, starts May-17.
8. CLJ (Cluj-Napoca), Blue Air, starts Dec-16.
9. DWC (Dubai Al-Maktoum), Thomson, starts Nov-16.
10. FAO (Faro), Jet2, starts Mar-17.
11. FUE (Fuerteventura), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
12. GRO (Girona), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
13. GRO (Girona), Ryanair, starts Mar-17.
14. HER (Heraklion), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
15. IBZ (Ibiza), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
16. INN (Innsbruck), Monarch, starts Dec-16.
17. LEI (Almeria), Thomson, starts May-17.
18. LPA (Gran Canaria), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
19. LUX (Luxembourg), FlyBe, starts Sep-16.
20. MAH (Menorca), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
21. MLA (Malta), Thomas Cook, starts May-17.
22. NAP (Naples), Thomas Cook, starts May-17.
23. PFO (Paphos), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
24. PMI (Mallorca), Jet2, starts Mar-17.
25. REU (Reus), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
26. REU (Reus), Ryanair, starts Mar-17.
27. RHO (Rhodes), Jet2, starts Apr-17.
28. RTM (Rotterdam), FlyBe, starts Sep-16.
29. SOF (Sofia), Ryanair, starts Sep-16.
30. TFS (Tenerife Sur), Jet2, starts Mar-17.
31. TLS (Toulouse), FlyBe, starts Oct-16.
32. WMI (Warsaw Modlin), Ryanair, starts Oct-16.
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:26 pm

It wouldn't surprise me at all if this was offset by a reduction in destinations in tourist cities in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey. There has been a major shift in UK outbound tourism this year to places perceived to be safer (Spain being the main beneficiary).
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:58 pm

This boom isn't unique to Birmingham.

Most of the U.K. Has seen some major growth in the past 12 months and into the next 12 months.

Doncaster has seen the highest percentage growth, Leeds the 2nd Highest.

Liverpool has bounced back from a dip last year to good growth this year.

Manchester has seen over 65 new routes this year, and already about 15 next year so far, with the majority of that being long haul.

Gatwick recently won an award for the most new long haul routes in the last 12 months from Anna.aero and the Scottish airports are performing well too, with Delta adding capacity into GLA and EDI.

Overall, the picture remains positive for UK airports so far. Sure, there may be a dip on the horizon due to Brexit, but, they are enjoying the spoils for now.
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:03 pm

Ii have been to the canary islands twice in the past 5 weeks (ACE and TFS) and its very very busy as lots of people avoid the East, plus as the UK has lots of people that move here from other parts of Europe which they go on holiday
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:05 pm

GCT64 wrote:
It wouldn't surprise me at all if this was offset by a reduction in destinations in tourist cities in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey. There has been a major shift in UK outbound tourism this year to places perceived to be safer (Spain being the main beneficiary).


True, but this already has happened this summer. ALC has had more than 30 new routes for this summer and most of them are North-South beach routes. It seems the trend continues for next year.

What I find very interesting is that many of those routes start (or are extended) to low-season. I reckon this has to do with the infrastructure in Spain unable to cope with the summer peak demand (notably hotels) and people happy to take holidays on off-months. If this trend continues soon ALC or AGP will soon be crowded in November or February.

User001 wrote:
This boom isn't unique to Birmingham.

Most of the U.K. Has seen some major growth in the past 12 months and into the next 12 months.

Manchester has seen over 65 new routes this year, and already about 15 next year so far, with the majority of that being long haul.


65 new routes in 1 year? Do you have the complete list? It seems an absolutely crazy number.
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:09 pm

Gazdon121 wrote:
Ii have been to the canary islands twice in the past 5 weeks (ACE and TFS) and its very very busy as lots of people avoid the East, plus as the UK has lots of people that move here from other parts of Europe which they go on holiday


Canary Islands has always been a year-round destination. Winter months is mostly German and Scandinavian tourism, and Summer months is more Spanish and British. From what I understand though is that the less crowded months (which used to be late January or February, and May-June) are becoming busier, which means those islands are now at capacity pretty much the whole year.
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:27 pm

As requested, the Manchester list.

1: Jet2 Kraków
2: Jet2 Naples
3: Jet2 Girona
4: Vueling Alicante
5: Vueling Rome
6: Vueling Tenerife
7: Norwegian Alicante
8: Norwegian Malaga
9: Norwegian Barcelona
10: Thomson Aruba
12: Thomas Cook Los Angeles
13: Thomas Cook Boston
14: Thomas Cook Alicante
15: Hainan Beijing
16: Thomson Phuket
17: Thomson Mauritius
18: Thomson Goa
19: Thomson Dubai
20: Ryanair Brindisi
21: Ryanair Torp
22: Ryanair Carcassone
23: Ryanair Limoges
24: Ryanair Malta
24: Ryanair Bratislava
25: Ryanair Hamburg
26: Ryanair Berlin
27: Ryanair Nurenburg
28: Easyjet Milan
29: Easyjet Paris
30: Easyjet Tivat
31: Flybe Luxemborg
32: Flybe Lyon
33: Flybe Rotterdam
34: Monarch Tel Aviv
35: Monarch Lisbon
36: Monarch Turin
37: Easyjet Kraków
38: British Airways Bremen
39: Cobalt Larnaca
40: Evelop Palma
41: Alba Star Reus
42: Alba Star Palma
43: Small planet Palma
44: Condor Bourgas
45: Condor Lanzarote
46: Monarch Las Palmas
47: Monarch Kitilla
49: Pegasus Bodrum
50: Tunisair Tunis
51: Thomas Cook Tobago
52: Easyjet Olbia
53: Thomson Keflavik
54: Shaheen Air Islamabad
55: Easyjet Gibraltar
56: Monarch Funchal
57: Ryanair Wroclow
58: DHL Leipzig
59: Condor Heraklion
60: Jet2 Sofia
61: Singapore Airlines Houston
62: Easyjet Turin
63: Easyjet Gran Canaria
64: Flybe Toulouse
65: Flybe Chambery

There are bound to be some missing, but that's the list so far.

For 2017 so far:

1: Jet2 Thesaloniki
2: Jet2 Almeria
3: Small Planet Tenerife
4: Small Planet Lanzarote
5: Small Planet Fuerteventura
6: Small Planet Gran Canaria
7: Small Planet Alicante
8: Small Planet Malaga
9: Small Planet Faro
10:Small Planet Mahon
11: Thomas Cook Split
12: Thomas Cook Malaga
13: Virgin Atlantic San Fransisco
14: Virgin Atlantic Boston
15: Virgin Atlantic New York JFK
16: Thomson Santa Clara
17: Thomson Olbia
18: Oman Air Muscat


Rumours:

Air China Shanghai, Hainan Airlines Xi'an, Vueling base, Easyjet and Ryanair new routes, and much more.
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:27 pm

SCQ83 wrote:
Gazdon121 wrote:
Ii have been to the canary islands twice in the past 5 weeks (ACE and TFS) and its very very busy as lots of people avoid the East, plus as the UK has lots of people that move here from other parts of Europe which they go on holiday


Canary Islands has always been a year-round destination. Winter months is mostly German and Scandinavian tourism, and Summer months is more Spanish and British. From what I understand though is that the less crowded months (which used to be late January or February, and May-June) are becoming busier, which means those islands are now at capacity pretty much the whole year.


This most likely also has to do with the many shifting their holidays from Egypt/Turkey to Spain/Greece.
I also saw that from Germany more and more also travel to the Canary islands during summer, although before it was mostly a winter destination.
So I think the same happens to Brits the other way round and they will also start to travel there during the summer months.
Mallorca and Ibiza already now are very crowded
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:35 pm

also british tourism to cyprus and bulgaria is very popular.
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:38 pm

usflyer123 wrote:
also british tourism to cyprus and bulgaria is very popular.

Much more popular of late. Flights to airports like Split and Bourgas, as well as Larnaca and Paphos, are going great. Bourgas is definitely way up and seeing widebody traffic.

The Greek islands are also seeing solid traffic, helping with Greece's regional revival and the tourist economy.

Sharm el Sheikh used to see days when the British would invade in their thousands. If you look at the arrivals and departures at SSH now, it's like a ghost town. Just the odd charter from Italy and regional flights. Certainly not enough to keep a two terminal setup going.
 
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:54 pm

I suspect most of the growth at Birmingham is due to Jet2 and the response from its competitors. For outbound tourists from the UK to the beaches they offer a different proposition to Ryanair and Norwegian in that they sell many of their seats as part of Jet2Holidays, which are full escorted tour packages including transfers to a hotel, a representative etc. Jet2 started as a true typical Euro-LCC but is more of a "leisure" operator now. They can be quite a bit cheaper than Thomson/TUI so win a lot of custom in their home markets like Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow. Of course they sell "flight only" too (and can be rather competitively priced) so Ryanair has been quick to respond at Birmingham.

I travel fairly frequently between the UK and TFS to visit relatives and have noticed that Thomas Cook/TUI/Jet2/Monarch seem to take a lot of the typical package tourists, while Ryanair/Norwegian/Vueling handle many of the people with second homes or prefer to travel independently. easyJet seems to handle a bit of both, since I think Thomas Cook also block books seats on their flights.
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Re: Why this boom at Birmingham (BHX)? (32 new routes)

Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:55 pm

And also to add, it is cheaper to holiday abroad then holiday in the UK

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