The FINANCIAL — Passenger figures for the month of June show that Birmingham Airport welcomed over 1.1 million people – giving the Midlands gateway its sixteenth consecutive month of record breaking growth.
In total 1,118,452 people were recorded travelling through the airport last month, up by 13.1% compared to the same month last year. This equates to over 129,000 more passengers travelling through the airport in June and brings the 2016 running total for passengers using the facility up to over 5.2 million so far, according to Birmingham Airport.
Both long and short haul routes saw significant passenger growth rates with long haul up by 10.6% and short haul up by 13.2% year-on-year.
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “June is the start of the busy summer season here at Birmingham Airport and it’s great that we have started this off with over a million passengers travelling through.
“Long haul routes are continuing to perform well but our short haul routes also saw very strong growth compared to last year showing that demand to fly from Birmingham Airport is increasing. Our growing list of airlines and destinations means more passengers are choosing to fly from the West Midlands as we offer choice, accessibility, flexibility and value.”
Scheduled traffic accounted for over 86% of the total passenger volume for June and saw a 26% growth rate compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for over 14% of the total.
Caribbean and Middle Eastern destinations saw the greatest rates of growth compared to the same month last year due to new direct destinations such as Doha and Punta Cana.
Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Malta (+93.8%), Palma de Mallorca (+90.2%) and Reykjavik (+87.6%).
Charter destinations with significant growth were Fuerteventura (+147%), Skiathos (+78.6%) and Genoa (+66%).