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A Ryanair Boeing 737 in flight. The airline expects to grow its operations at Birmingham Airport by 25 per cent

Ryanair adds Madrid and Verona routes to Birmingham schedule

The Irish airline is also set to launch new routes to Madrid and Verona in addition to those to Corfu and Vilnius

Bike giveaway: Council cabinet member for sustainability Lisa Trickett with Phil Woodward of Raleigh

Make cycling safe and we'll get on our bikes

New survey reveals large proportion of people ready to cycle if Birmingham was safer

Carol Anne O'Neill, Ryanair's head of sales and marketing

Ryanair unveils plans to grow by 25 per cent at Birmingham Airport

Growth at Birmingham includes two new twice weekly routes to the Greek island of Corfu and the Lithuanian capital Vilnius as well as additional flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Dublin, Malaga, Malta and Palma

William Pearson, aviation development director of Birmingham Airport, Alix De Weerdt, chief commercial officer of VLM Airlines and Guy Trouveroy, the Belgium Ambassador to the UK

VLM Airlines begins Birmingham to Antwerp service

Passengers were greeted by the Belgian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellence Guy Trouveroy

Ibis Styles hotel at the NEC

New Ibis Styles hotel opens at the NEC

Management company Kew Green opens its second venue this month with Birmingham-themed hotel

New Adagio apart-hotel in Digbeth

Beorma Quarter apart-hotel Adagio announces opening

Launch date confirmed for completion of new apart-hotel as one of city's longest-running property sagas finally bears some fruit

Wizz Air is set to launch operations from Birmingham Airport

Hungarian airline Wizz Air launches flights from Birmingham to Warsaw and Budapest

The Hungarian budget airline will start its Birmingham services in September, with twice weekly flights to the Polish and Hungarian capitals

Rick Cressman outside Nailcote Hall

Nailcote Hall expands thanks to Birmingham Post Growth Fund

Nailcote Hall in Berkswell survived an assault by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War and in recent decades has enjoyed a new lease of life as a luxury hotel, entertainment venue and the location of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship golf tournament

A slight rebrand for Birmingham Airport could be a way to lure US passengers, according to its chief executive

'Shakespeare's Airport' could help Birmingham crack US market

Rebrand for Birmingham Airport is not such a daft idea says chief executive Paul Kehoe following similar ploy to woo Chinese visitors

The beach outside The Riu Palace Macao in the Dominican Republic

Flights from Birmingham to Caribbean as Thomson and First Choice expands

Flights to Punta Cana are among five routes being added by the airline in summer 2016, along with Agadir, in Morocco, Sardinia, Izmir in Turkey and Split in Croatia

Emirates spreads wings with new Birmingham daily service

Arab carrier marks record year with new service from Birmingham Airport to Dubai as passenger numbers top half million mark

Rich List 2015: No.25= - Michael Wright & family

Michael Wright famously road tests the tours himself before offering them for sale.

The winning team (from left) Daniel Caddick, from category sponsor Platinum Express, Will Child, Katie Bentley, Stephanie Mynett (all Visit Birmingham) and Paul Zerdin (entertainer and special guest)

Birmingham named top tourist destination for second year

Travel organisers such as sports clubs and retired associations recognise city as visitor numbers continue to soar

The entrance to MyHotel Chelsea

Culture, afternoon tea and a spot of TLC in the heart of Chelsea

Cheryl Mullin goes on a girls' weekend to London, and discovers the perfect location to explore the capital's delights in peace

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Explorer's still got his eye on 'the last big one'

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has made a career out of living dangerously. He tells Alison Jones about the challenges he has faced and why his sweet tooth might be one of the toughest to overcome.

Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, Cornwall

Picture postcard seaside resort

The popular Cornish holiday resort of St Ives is a haven for artists and art lovers and famous for its beaches. Stacey Barnfield reports.

Belambra holiday club in Praz sur Arly, France

Travel: Lanzarote - a downhill struggle?

A nervous Jane Haase embarks on her first family ski holiday in the French Alps

Airbnb apartment in Berlin

Travel: Bargain in Berlin

A friendly apartment is the top choice for a weekend break with mates to Berlin, says Sarah Marshall

Cruising on South Walsham Broad

Travel: River cruise has Broads appeal...

Nigel Thompson cruises along the Norfolk Broads and finds big skies, wildlife... and a water-borne bishop

TRAVEL Austria Monastery

Enjoy an oasis of charm and calm in Austria

If you want a relaxing break, book in at a monastery says Ann Stenhouse

Videos & Photos

After more than 70 years on this site in Solihull Road, Shirley, Woolmans Garden Centre has closed and is likely to become a housing development.

Former Shirley garden centre up for auction at £2m

CGI of plans to redevelop 76 Holloway Head

Developers eye £1m market with Holloway Head luxury apartments

Alderhithe Grove, off Roman Lane in Little Aston Park.

Little Aston bungalow is a bit of all white


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