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Private Jet Charter to and from Birmingham International Airport

Birmingham International Airport

At Paramount Business Jets you can hire chartered private jets to and from Birmingham International Airport with as little as 4 hours of notice. All flights booked via Paramount Business Jets are operated by certified direct air carriers that meet and exceed the FAA part 135 and 121 protocol or a foreign equivalent safety authority. Furthermore, Paramount Business Jets subscribes to ARGUS for their third party safety checks of operators, aircraft, and crews prior each and every flight to and from Birmingham International Airport and worldwide.

Birmingham, Alabama, a city born from the iron and steel industry, is known for its role in the civil rights movement. Today, the state’s most populous city is a thriving metropolitan area, the cultural center of the Alabama, a center of bioscience and technology development where steel mills still make steel.

So, whether you are planning to charter a private jet into Birmingham to do business, to do research at University of Alabama-Birmingham or to visit the historical sites of the past, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport can accommodate your aircraft.

Why is Birmingham called The Magic City?

Birmingham, which is in north-central Alabama, was founded in 1871 at the crossing of two rail lines near the magical – and extremely rare -- mixture of coal, iron ore and limestone.

The city, which is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was named after Birmingham, England, which was the center of England’s iron industry. At the height of the manufacturing age in the United States, Birmingham’s population and number of jobs grew so quickly that it came to be known as the “Magic City.”

Hire a private jet into Birmingham for a look at where the magic began. There are two places to see. The Vulcan Park & Museum, located on top of Red Mountain with a ridgetop view of downtown Birmingham, contains the world’s largest cast iron statue and much history; and the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, a pig iron manufacturing plant that has been preserved in the state it was in when it shut off its blast furnaces and stopped operation in 1970, after 90 years of steelmaking.  

All about Birmingham

There are lots of reasons to hire a private jet to Birmingham, The Magic City:

Birmingham, which has become a center for medical research and banking, is being called one of the country’s most livable cities with its vibrant downtown and more green space per capita than any other city.

Birmingham is the home of the collegiate Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) is one of the top research and medical centers of the country. It attracts students from all over the United States.

Birmingham is Alabama’s most populous city with an estimated population of more than 212,000. The population of its metropolitan area is just over one million.

It is said that there is a church on every corner in Birmingham. That might be a slight exaggeration but not much of one. Most of the churches are affiliated with the Evangelical Protestant religion.

Birmingham, called the Cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement, has 99 historic neighborhoods. The average high temperature is 65 degrees; the average low is 51 degrees. 

Birmingham by the numbers

  • 22 percent of Alabama’s total population lives here

  • 31 percent of Alabama’s total payroll dollars are earned here

  • As a city, it is ranked 98th biggest in the U.S.; as a metropolitan area, it is ranked 48th 

  • 40,680 businesses are here

  • The metropolitan statistical area is 5,332 square miles

  • Birmingham itself is 151 square miles

And, don’t forget the food

James Beard Awards, the Oscars for American chefs, rain down on the city of Birmingham.

It seems there is at least one nominee from Birmingham for the prestigious award every year.

Highlands Bar and Grill won the Most Outstanding Restaurant in America award in 2018. Owner and Chef Frank Stitt is an 11-time James Beard nominee. He also owns the Bottega, which serves Italian food, and the French bistro, Chez Fonfon. All are located in the city’s Five Points area.

Chris Hastings, owner of the Hot and Hot Fish Club, won Best Chef Southeast in 2012. 

Other semifinalists and nominees from Birmingham include Nick Pihakis, for Jim ‘N Nick’s Community Bar-B-Q and chef Timothy Hontzas, who has twice been a semifinalist for Best Chef South his tradition southern food with a little Greek mixed at Johnny’s. James Lewis, another two-time semifinalist for Best Chef South, has been serving homemade pizzas and pastas at Bettola since 2006. His mozzarella comes from Naples, Italy, but his vegetables come from Alabama. Bettola is located in the Pepper Place District, converted former warehouses along the railroad tracks. On weekends, more than 100 farmers set up booths at the Pepper Place Farmers Market, often drawing more than 10,000 visitors. 

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Airport Information

FBOs at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Atlantic Aviation has two fixed base operations at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Atlantic Aviation BHM West and Atlantic Aviation BHM East are located within a short driving distance of all of Birmingham’s major attractions. 

Both offer comprehensive services such as ground and cargo handling, U.S. customs, a notary public and heated hangars. 

However, Atlantic Aviation BHM East also handles large charters and international flights. 

They use the same two runways: 6/24 (12,000 feet) and 18/36 (7,000 feet).

Atlantic Aviation BHM West

Atlantic Aviation’s west ramp is located at the SW end of taxiway H at 4243 E. Lake Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35217.

Amenities include:

  • 24-hour surveillance and security 

  • Air stairs 

  • Baggage service

  • Cargo, ground and forklift services 

  • Concierge services

  • Conference rooms 

  • Crew cars 

  • De-icing

  • Executive terminals for passengers and crew

  • Fueling

  • Gourmet catering

  • Heated hangar space (up to Gulfstream G550) 

  • Hertz Car Rentals

  • Lav service

  • Pilot's lounge, snooze room and showers 

  • Public notary 

  • Quick turns

  • Wi-fi in facility and on ramp 


Atlantic Aviation BHM East

Atlantic Aviation’s east ramp is located at the east end of taxiway N at 4725 65th Place North, Birmingham, AL 35206.

Amenities include:

  • 24-hour surveillance and security 

  • Air stairs 

  • Baggage service

  • Charter, international, cargo, ground and forklift services 

  • Concierge services

  • Conference rooms with AV 

  • Crew cars 

  • Deicing

  • Executive terminals for passengers and crew

  • Fueling

  • Gourmet catering

  • Heated hangar space (up to Challenger) 

  • Hertz Car Rentals 

  • Lav service

  • Pilot's lounge, snooze room and showers 

  • Public notary 

  • Quick turns

  • Wi-fi in facility and on ramp 

About the airport

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is big but not too big. It serves the area’s tourism, business and healthcare sectors. It also offers easy access to the University of Alabama and other nearby universities as well as the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. It is located 140 miles west of Atlanta, 105 miles south of Huntsville, and 300 miles north of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

In 2018, the airport had more than 100,000 aircraft operations or about 277 a day. The traffic is broken down like this:

  • 37 percent: transient general aviation

  • 32 percent: commercial

  • 20 percent: air taxi

  • 9 percent: military 

  • 1 percent: local general aviation

Its $200 million improvement project in 2014 modernized the airport. Inside the main terminal, visitors will find a photographic tribute to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth who died in 2011.

Birmingham’s steel industry

Before Birmingham became known as the epicenter of the civil rights movement, it was known as a steel town.

It wasn’t long after the Civil War that settlers realized they were sitting on three of the main ingredients needed to make steel: iron ore, coal and limestone. It’s one of the only places on earth that all three are found near one another. Beds of all three materials are in the red clay hills – Red Mountain -- of Jones Valley. The clay is red because of the seams of iron running through it. Even today, the groundwater runs red. 

Birmingham’s steel industry exploded and its skyline was formed by steel furnace towers. Residents and construction companies moved in and development began.

Nicknamed the “Pittsburgh of the South,” Birmingham thrived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

While much of the U.S. steel industry was moved overseas and domestic mills shut down, U.S. Steel remains in Birmingham where it has been making steel for more than 100 years. It still employs about 750 at its Fairfield Works mill and plans to employ 900 by 2020 thanks to its recent decision to invest in a new furnace there. 

United States Steel Corp. is investing $215 million at Birmingham’s Fairfield Works mill to install an advanced electric arc furnace. The furnace is expected to produce steel rounds by late 2020. The project was resurrected in early 2019 after being temporarily shelved in 2015. 

Between 1997 and today, about 6,000 steel jobs were lost in Alabama. The U.S. Steel project helps boost the number of primary metals manufacturing jobs in the state to about 17,000.

Today, along with the continued presence of several of the nation's largest steelmakers, Birmingham has become a center of bioscience and technology development at the University of Alabama Birmingham. The metropolitan area is also Alabama’s largest commercial center and one of the country’s largest banking centers.

Regions Bank was Birmingham’s lone company on the Fortune 500 list in 2018.

Runway information

RunwayLength (ft)Width (ft)Surface TypeElevation (ft)

FBOs at Birmingham International Airport, KBHM, BHM

Jet South4243 EAST LAKE BLVD
Mercury Air Center4725 65 PLACE N
Atlantic West Ramp4243 EAST LAKE BLVD BIRMINGHAM, AL 35217
Atlantic Aviation - East4725 65th Place North Birmingham, AL 35206
Southern Sky Aviation4255 East Lake Blvd. Birmingham, AL 35217

METAR Weather

Birmingham International Airport
  • Weather Clear
  • Observed 01:27 AM
  • Temperature 19 °C, 66 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 54%
  • Pressure 1021 mb
  • Cloud Cover 0%
  • Visibility 16%
  • Wind Speed: 2mph, 4km/h
  • Wind Direction: 10°, N

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.

  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.

  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.

  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.

  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.

  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.

  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.

  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.

  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.

  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!

  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.

  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.

  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.

  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.

  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.

  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.

  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.

  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.

  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.

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