30 NOVEMBER 2009
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BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT (BHX) says that the doubling of flights to Dubai by Emirates has been a great success, the airline now moving up to 1,600 passengers daily through the airport with a twice daily Boeing 777 service. The airport is not privy to the final destination or origination point of the airline customers but clearly only a small percentage are actually for Dubai, the rest connecting onwards at the hub. Continental now offers the only service to New York (it is daily) and the airport will not see a return of US Airways five times per week service to Philadelphia next summer. It appears that the numbers were OK but the yield poor, or it could be argued that the airline was not charging enough. Other long haul routes include Mahan Airlines three times weekly service to Tehran (increasing to four in February. Pakistan International goes four times weekly to Islamabad and Turkmenistan Airlines four times weekly service to Ashkabad (onward to Amritsar/Delhi). www.birminghamairport.co.uk
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