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easyJet to open its new Birmingham base early

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As we covered in the summer, easyJet has announced that it is moving into Birmingham Airport.

Three aircraft will be permanently based at the airport for 2024.

I wanted to flag this again as tickets are now on sale and the start date for many of the routes has been brought forward.

Whilst we don’t normally spend much time looking at easyJet, this is such a major announcement that it is worth a look. The new base will create 100 jobs in the area for pilots and cabin crew as well as knock on employment for passenger services and maintenance staff.

easyJet to open its Birmingham base early

easyJet already flies to Birmingham from a number of its overseas bases, including Amsterdam, Geneva and Milan, but those aircraft are not based in the UK.

Having aircraft based in Birmingham will allow more early morning departures (because the airline doesn’t have to wait for an aircraft to arrive from an overseas base) as well as more late evening arrivals. It also allows flights to airports which are not also easyJet bases.

Where will easyJet fly from Birmingham?

16 new routes will be launched for the Summer season, starting on 31st March 2024.

‘Flight only’ tickets went on sale last week, atlhough easyJet Holidays had been selling seats as part of a package since summer.

The routes and start dates are:

  • Alicante (19th March)
  • Antalya (18th March)
  • Barcelona (18th March)
  • Berlin (1st April)
  • Corfu (1st May)
  • Dalaman (4th April)
  • Enfidha (21st March)
  • Fuerteventura (4th April)
  • Heraklion (3rd April)
  • Jersey (2nd April)
  • Kos (3rd May)
  • Larnaca (20th March)
  • Malaga (21st March)
  • Rhodes (23rd April)
  • Sharm El Sheikh (2nd April)
  • Tenerife South (19th March)
easyJet to open its Birmingham base early

Unsurprisingly, given that these routes are being served by just three aircraft, frequencies are thin.

At most, you will see three flights per week (eg Jersey). Larnaca, Heraklion and others will see just one flight per week. You will need to be flexible, and stay away for a multiple of seven days, to take advantage of many of these routes.

If you’re planning a trip to Birmingham Airport, here are our lounge reviews:

If you need a hotel, our review of the Hilton Garden Inn at Birmingham Airport is here.

Comments (22)

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  • Bernard says:

    EasyJet early?
    Won’t happen. An airline that cancels every year and runs late.

  • Barry cutters says:

    Off topic totally – but maybe someone can suggest how to deal with my issue .

    Going to Tenerife on my stag so in may with 30 other lads split over manc and Liverpool . All on Ryanair . Times all pretty much matched when we booked .

    But there has been flight time changes and now they have split all the different bookings on to different combinations of times across each airports 2 daily flights.

    I basically want to change everyone to the same flights – but when I call they won’t let me as I haven’t had an email notifying of the change on the bookings that were made earlier (as they have already had one flight change) . All the bookings made after that have had the email and changed allowed.

    Doesn’t seem fair that they have changed the flights more than once and then I can’t change it.

    We are 6h+ difference in most cases to the flights we changed to

    • Bill says:

      They won’t do anything until you receive the email notification. When you get that you then have the right to move everyone onto the same flight. In my scenario recently I had an TFS-EDI cancelled. They rebooked me onto a flight about 7 hrs later that day. There was only one flight per day. I told them to move me onto TFS-MAN which was almost the same time as my original flight. Be prepared for an argument though. Our group had two reservations. Two of us contacted live chat. One agent done the request immediately. The other one took some persuasion and took 25 minutes. If you know your rights then you can just keep trying if one refuses. But the key is that you must wait for their email notification

      • barry cutters says:

        i cant work out why? we booked pretty much a year out and they made changes in june. We accepted the change and then they changed again in sept.

        Guys that added on and booked to the trip have received the emails back in sept. But the majority of us haven’t. It doesn’t seem logical

  • The real Swiss Tony says:

    The last thing BHX needs is more early morning departures – they can’t cope as it is. Also the Aspire (South) lounge is I believe still closed post-COVID. I tried to get in there a couple of weeks ago to find the place shuttered. The bacon sandwich in All Bar One was however I’m sure far superior to anything they would have served up.

    • E says:

      The Aspire South lounge was open last week. They did say they were sometimes closed at short notice though due to staffing issues.

      • tony says:

        This was at the start of October and the place looked as if it was destitute. Although given the notes by @ChrisBCN perhaps it was indeed fully operational 😬

    • BOSSMANTRAVELS says:

      I’d agree BHX just can’t cope with the amount of early morning flights, for any early morning flight I’ve learnt my lesson and get a fast pass which isn’t really fast but better. Maybe that’s BHX’s ploy to get you to part with another £5 🙂 I also walked into the Aspire South and walked out 2 mins later, it took longer to get checked in with our PP than we stayed in the lounge it was that bad!

    • ChrisBCN says:

      I gave up on the Aspire lounges there some years back, they were/are both truly awful – there are always quiet and calm places around the airport if you hunt them out.

    • Chris L says:

      Hopefully when the new security hall opens it’ll be better

      • The real Swiss Tony says:

        Hopefully when the new security hell opens it’ll be better

        I’ve corrected that for you. You’re welcome 😉

  • ChrisBCN says:

    “At most, you will see three flights per week”.

    I can beat this – Barcelona gets 4 flights a week. But only for 4 weeks in April – then twice a week for rest of schedule.

  • James says:

    BHX is a real shell of an airport compared to what it used to be. The collapse of Flybe/Monarch hit it quite hard, and it is surprising how few destinations it serves (you can’t fly to Paris, Nice or Lyon for example). I guess the downfall compared to MAN is you are only 2h drive to Heathrow. Not to mention, the crazy runway extension and rerouting the A45 to allow A380s but rarely used.

    • BOSSMANTRAVELS says:

      You can fly direct to Paris with AF (3 flights a day) and EasyJet also fly direct. Agree it will struggle with Heathrow being less than 2hrs aways. I had found memories of the old London Airways lounge at BHX.

      • ankomonkey says:

        I live somewhere between BHX and LHR. We much prefer BHX due to its far smaller size, enabling us to get in and out in a fraction of the time taken at LHR. Usually, getting from T5 B or C gates to the main T5 terminal alone takes longer than it takes to be deplaned and out of BHX.

    • Aston100 says:

      There are multiple daily non-stop AF flights to Paris.
      You can fly non-stop to Lyon, albeit once or twice a week.
      Emirates flew an a380 twice a day. Might be down to 1 a380 + 1 777 currently but I expect 2 * a380 again.

      And yes, BHX sitting under 2 hours drive between both LHR and MAN doesn’t encourage airlines to fly there.

  • ADS says:

    “At most, you will see three flights per week … You will need to be flexible, and stay away for a multiple of seven days, to take advantage of many of these routes”

    Or alternatively mix and match airlines / airports!
    I regularly take the train (around an hour) from London as BHX prices are often half that from London – and the train isn’t that much longer than to some London airports!

    The only downside is that there aren’t early trains from London to BHX – so you can’t get an early flight out of BHX (unless you stay overnight).

    • Andrew J says:

      Or do the opposite way around fly from LHR with BA and enjoy Galleries First and First Wing, and then fly back in to BHX and be out the airport in 15 minutes of landing.

      • The real Swiss Tony says:

        I think simply navigating the tensa barriers that they seem to have permanently in place for immigration at BHX takes 15 mins. It’s a new level of tedium, especially when the whole place is deserted.

        Oh and don’t bother checking bags – I recall seeing a sign on the wall in bag reclaim that said the target for getting bags off a widebody plane was 60 minutes.

  • Bernard says:

    Goes without saying that if there’s a Jet2 alternative, that’ll be the better quality option.

  • Azza says:

    I live in Birmingham and try my hardest to avoid flying out of there.

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