Expansion & Development

As Alabama’s largest airport, the facilities at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) continue to grow and expand. In order to strengthen the marketability of our airport and the Birmingham Region, we strive to maintain a first-class facility that will continue to enhance Birmingham as a great place to live, work and do business.

Several projects are underway, including the following:

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

The Birmingham Airport Authority recently unveiled its most recent sustainable project. Under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) Program, the Authority was awarded a grant to lower emissions in the community by building a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station and replacing the current diesel shuttle bus fleet and one maintenance vehicle with others that run on Compressed Natural Gas.

According to the FAA VALE fact sheet, through VALE projects, airports are reducing ozone emissions by 478 tons per year, which is the equivalent to 26,000 cars and trucks off the road annually. The Authority has previously embarked on VALE eligible projects, most recently during the airport’s Terminal Modernization Project with preconditioned air units and 400Hz units for jet bridges. Both these units help to reduce emissions by using electricity from the airport units rather than running the aircraft engines to provide comfortable conditions for BHM passengers as they load and unload in between flights at BHM.

Rental Car  Quick-Turn-Around Facility (QTA)

The Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA), in conjunction with the rental car agencies operating at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, is building a new quick-turn-around facility (QTA) located along Messer-Airport Highway, the main thoroughfare to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. This new facility will be used to provide each rental car agency with dedicated “quick-turn-around” (QTA) areas for vehicle maintenance and increased parking/storage capacity for “ready cars.” This project is slated to be complete in April 2020.

Vacant Land Acquisition (VLA)

The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is an economic driver for Birmingham-Hoover DMA and the central Alabama region.  Realizing its potential is a vital part of Birmingham Airport Authority’s plan to enhance the surrounding area with airport compatible purposes.   In 2005, the Birmingham Airport Authority finalized a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study Update.  This study was commissioned to:

    • assess the existing and future noise environment,
    • identify compatible and noncompatible land uses within the noise contours, and
    • recommend methods to mitigate noise and land use non-compatibility.

By its completion, the Birmingham Airport Authority was awarded approximately $80 million in Federal Aviation Administration federal grants to acquire the residential properties (815 parcels) identified within the noise study contour. The commencement of phase II, Vacant Land Project (VLA), took place in the 3rd quarter of 2018.  This phase consists of the Birmingham Airport Authority acquiring approximately 300 parcels of land including 28 parcels with standing buildings and 282 vacant lots.  The Vacant Land Acquisition Project (VLA) initiative is set to acquire the vacant lots located within the noise contour to create contiguous parcels for redevelopment with airport compatible uses or direct airport use. The estimated cost for this project is $2,359,429, funded Birmingham Airport Authority unrestricted cash.

Common Use Lounge

Construction will soon begin on a Common Use Lounge at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (“BHM”). A selection of snacks and beverages will be available to lounge customers in addition to newspapers and magazines free of charge. The lounge will also feature free high speed internet and Wi-Fi access, comfortable seating, tables and workstations. Access to the lounge will be available for an entry fee for per day. It is anticipated that partnerships with other independent airport lounge access programs such as Priority Pass, Dragon Pass, Veloce, etc. will be in place for access to the lounge. This project is expected to be complete in the 4th quarter of 2020.

ARFF Station

Plans are underway for a new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Station at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (“BHM”). The fire station will be located southwest of the terminal building, adjacent to the western edge of the terminal apron. The approximate size of the 4 vehicle bay station will be 17,000 square feet. The new facility to house all equipment and personnel needed to meet the airport’s Index C requirements under 14 CFR Part 139. Estimated completion: January 2021