January 2009 passenger figures

Birmingham International Airport handled 561,648 passengers
during January 2009 - a fall of 2.5% on the previous year
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "During 2008 Birmingham Airport enjoyed its
busiest ever year, including a number of record months,
and all this despite increasingly challenging economic
conditions. The rolling 12-month figures up to the end of
January show an increase of 4.2% year-on-year, and the
Midlands continues to show great confidence in its local airport"
"All the indications are that we are in for a challenging period
ahead, with the Airport not immune to the current pressures
affecting the UK economy. However, with a growing portfolio
of carriers and routes from Birmingham, and with a final
decision regarding our proposed runway extension due in the
coming weeks, there is still a lot to look forward to at Birmingham"
During January a 3.5% growth was achieved on flights to the EU,
with sunshine destinations such as Alicante, Malaga and Palma
proving popular. Snow-lovers, not satisfied with the UK’s wintry
conditions, made Grenoble and Geneva their first choice for a bit
of piste action
Scheduled routes that experienced growth included:
Grenoble (+173.9%), Alicante (+59.3%), Inverness (+49%),
Prague (+48.1%), Shannon (+46.7%), Malaga (+40.1%),
Palma (+38.6%), Tenerife (+30.1%), Geneva (+12.2%),
Hamburg (+4.7%), Chambery (+4.4%), Arrecife (+1.6%)
and Zurich (+1.1%)
Charter traffic which experienced growth included:
Austria (+30.7%), Egypt (+25.3%) and Switzerland (+21.6%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 83.6% of the total
passenger traffic in January whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 16.4%
Friday 13 February 2009


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