The FINANCIAL — Birmingham Airport has seen another month of record breaking growth with November figures showing nearly 780,000 passengers travelled through the Midlands airport.
In total 779,583 passengers were recorded giving an increase of 12.5% compared to the same month last year – equivalent to 86,550 more people, according to Birmingham Airport.
Both long haul and short haul saw similar levels of growth with long haul up by 13% and short haul up by 12.6% year-on-year.
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “November tends to be one of our quieter months and so it’s fantastic to see such a healthy rate of growth in the volume of passengers.
“We are now celebrating our twenty first consecutive month of record breaking growth which is great news for the airport and the Midlands region.”
Scheduled traffic accounted for 94% of the total passenger volume for November and saw a 13.8% growth rate compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for 6% of the total.
Caribbean, African, Asian and Middle Eastern destinations saw the greatest increase in passengers compared to the same month last year.
Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Madrid (+350.2%), Banjul (+109.8%), Sal Island (+90.8%), Marrakech (+86.9%) and Budapest (+73.6%).
Charter destinations with significant growth were Montego Bay (+38.9%), Tenerife (+36.5%) and Fuerteventura (+19.1%).
Estimated passenger figures for December show that it’s expected to be another record breaking month and the busiest festive period on record for Birmingham Airport. Between Friday 16th December 2016 to Tuesday 3rd January 2017 we expect to see over half a million people giving a predicted increase of 21.2% compared to the same period last year.
Popular destinations for passengers jetting off to visit family and friends over Christmas include Scotland and Ireland. Those seeking a bit of winter sun are jetting off to Dubai, Madrid, Montego Bay, Cancun, Tenerife and Lanzarote. The airport will remain open throughout Christmas and New Year, with an estimated 13,590 passengers travelling through on Christmas Day, 82.2% more than last year.