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Birmingham International Airport (BIA) and East Midlands Airport (EMA) have both recently won prestigious awards that recognise their considerable achievements.
BIA won the Airports Council International (ACI) award for the Best Airport in Europe in the category of 5-10 million passengers, while EMA took the prize for the World’s Leading Eco Friendly Airport, voted for by the World Travel Awards. The EMA award came just a day after the Airport won UK Best Regional Airport at the Travel Bulletin Awards in London.With the highest proportion of business traffic second only to London Heathrow, BIA is home to over 50 airlines operating scheduled and chartered services to more than 100 destinations. These include daily departures to New York and a twice-daily service to Dubai, together with frequent operations throughout the Indian sub-continent.
The airport is no stranger to awards. Over the last few years it has won the Business Travel World magazine award five times, the OAG Airport Marketing Award twice, and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations award for PR and lobbying activities.
Its European route network includes as many as 12 departures per day to Edinburgh and Glasgow, nine daily flights to Paris and Frankfurt, and regular scheduled services to popular holiday destinations with low-fares airlines.
BIA is one of the most accessible airports in Europe. It lies at the centre of the UK’s motorway network and adjacent to Birmingham International Rail Station, offering easy access to all major cities.
Equally accessible is East Midlands Airport (EMA) which lies just a couple of miles from the UK’s main motorway, the M1, and boasts direct access to major cities – with nearly 90% of England and Wales within a four-hour drive.
The airport was nominated for the World Travel Awards - which celebrates organisations that have made the greatest contribution to global tourism and are driving the industry to greater heights and innovation - in the same category as Berlin Tegal, Indianapolis, Kansai International and Narita International. EMA’s Managing Director, Penny Coates, said “This is the second award we have won in the past 24 hours and I am absolutely thrilled that our hard work and dedication has been widely acknowledged by the World Travel Awards. Winning World’s Leading Eco Friendly Airport not only puts us on the map with the world but it also highlights the East Midlands region as a whole and it is something that everyone should be proud of.”
For the first time in their history, the Green Awards were voted for independently by over 165,000 travel agencies and professionals in over 200 countries worldwide. EMA took the award for World's Leading Eco Friendly Airport because of the following initiatives:
• Becoming carbon neutral by 2012
• International environmental accreditation to ISO14001
• New environmentally friendly pier which contains ground heating pumps, wind catchers and water recycling facilities
• Plans to install wind turbines on site to generate 10% of on site electricity
EMA is also home to the UK's largest pure air freight terminal, handling 30.6% of the UK’s total pure freight and 20.2% of pure mail. To handle such volumes, a thriving air cargo community – the Cargo Village – has established itself at the airport, with comprehensive facilities and highly skilled labour. The potential for further purpose-built cargo accommodation is enormous, with large areas of undeveloped airside and landside real estate owned by the airport company.
Combined, the two airports provide powerful national and international links for businesses based in the region – yet another reason why The British Midlands is the ideal base for your springboard into Europe and the rest of the world. For more information contact us