Celebrating 90 Years of Flight

At the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), we welcome our passengers, community partners and others to help celebrate our 90th anniversary. For 90 years, BHM’s mission has been to provide premiere customer service to our patrons and be a catalyst for growth in the community. Through your support, we have been able to create lasting memories that we will hold dear to our hearts. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to commemorate the achievements that BHM has reached.

1931: On May 31, 1931, The Birmingham Airport opened with pomp, ceremony and the greatest air show that they city had ever seen. Hundreds came to witness the Birmingham debut of commercial passenger service with a stop by American Airway along its Atlanta to Fort Worth route.


1962: Due to continued growth of passenger traffic in 1962, the Birmingham Airport decided to build a second passenger terminal and new air traffic control tower. On February 11, 1962, the terminal was named the Birmingham Air Terminal. The terminal was demolished to make way for the 2011 terminal expansion.


1986: In June of 1986, the Birmingham City Council formed the Birmingham Airport Authority to manage the Birmingham Airport.


1993: The Birmingham Airport upgraded the terminal our facilities to be able to accommodate the growth of passengers. In the same year, the airport’s name was official changed to Birmingham International Airport by adding direct service to Mexico and Canada.


2008: In the upcoming years, the Birmingham International Airport reached new heights by servicing over 3 million passengers. In the summer of 2008, the Birmingham Airport Authority’s Board of Directors approved the airport’s name change to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth.



2011- 2014: In 2011, BHM began working on a new terminal modernization project to help with the growing demand and replace the aging airport facility. In 2014, the project was completed, leaving BHM with a larger, modern terminal to help increase the economic footprint in the community.


2016-present: BHM has continued making tremendous strides to serve its customers and passengers. The Birmingham Airport Authority installed Electric Ground Service Charging Stations to help reduce the airport’s carbon footprint. The Birmingham Airport Authority enhanced the passenger experience by creating space such as the sensory room and service animal relief area station to be more inclusive to our passengers.


At BHM, our passengers and community partners are at the forefront of everything we do. As a result of dedication and commitment to better service our patrons, by our centennial anniversary, BHM will be debt free. Thank you for your overwhelming support and making BHM your home airport. To help us celebrate our 90th anniversary, share your pictures at BHM with us and check out our social media platforms for more information.