December 2008 passenger figures - and record year at Birmingham Airport!!

Birmingham International Airport had another record month
in December, following November’s record. A total of 598,123
passengers travelled through Birmingham, taking advantage
of the great routes it has to offer
There were 508,397 scheduled passengers and 89,726 charter
passengers during December. This is an increase of 1.7%, making
it the 8th record month during the last 12 month
It was a record calendar year for Birmingham Airport as well,
with an increase of 4.4% on passenger numbers over 2007
- with a total of 9,634,734 passengers travelling through
The previous record year was in 2005 which saw a total of
9,388,849 passengers pass through the Airport
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, said,
"We are immensely pleased with the December and calendar year
figures that we have achieved here at Birmingham. With over 45
routes, by existing or new carriers, starting up in 2008 it was a
busy year here at the Airport"
"However, as we enter 2009 there is no room for complacency.
We are mindful of the wider fortunes of the region, and that nobody
and no company is immune"
"The success of Birmingham Airport is linked to the success of the
region. Success for the Airport is driven by our customers and I
call upon Midlanders to support their regional economy by taking
advantage of the services that Birmingham has to offer, rather than
making long and unnecessary trips to other airports miles away"
"Every extra pound spent at Birmingham International Airport
will benefit jobs and the regional economy. It could also bring the
day closer when we open our proposed runway extension, bringing
even better Global connectivity"
In December, growth was achieved on EU routes of 9.2% and
transatlantic flights saw an increase of 0.7%
Scheduled routes that experienced growth in December include:
Dundee (+539.7%), Grenoble (+199.2%), Inverness (+121.9%),
Shannon (+67.1%), Arrecife (+56.4%), Prague (+50.1%),
Alicante (+39.9%), Palma (+35.8%), Malaga (+31%),
Hamburg (+27.6%), Tenerife (+21.3%), Dusseldorf (+9.9%),
Waterford (+7.5%), Isle of Man (+7.2%) and Hanover (+1.9%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth were:
Egypt (+63.7%), Mexico (+52.5%) and Barbados (+5.7%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 85% of the total
passenger traffic in December whilst charter
passengers made up theremaining 15%
Wednesday 14 January 2009


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