February 2009 passenger figures

Heavy snow effected operations during early February
Birmingham International Airport handled 586,356 passengers
during February 2009 - a fall of 7.7% on the previous year
This comes on the back of Civil Aviation Authority statistics
which show that Birmingham Airport experienced the biggest
increase in passenger numbers of all UK airports during 2008,
up nearly 500,000 on 2007
In fact, of all the 55 UK airports appearing in the CAA stats,
35 actually recorded a fall in the passenger traffic passing
through their terminals
Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's Chief Executive Officer,
explains: "These latest CAA stats underline the progress
the Airport has made in recent times, however the aviation
industry - in line with the economy as whole - continues to
face challenging conditions which look likely to affect the
sector over the coming year, and we won't be immune from
that. "The tsunami of recessional forces hitting the region is
having an effect on the Airport, but Birmingham continues
to perform better than the majority of other UK airports and
remains an attractive proposition for airlines and other partners"
"During February we saw a 7.7% fall in traffic compared to 2008,
however with last month having one less day than the previous
year and with the disruption caused by the various significant
snow falls which hit the region, the adjusted passenger figures
see us 4.1% down"
"Despite this downturn in the market we continue to discuss
a number of possibilities with various carriers and are looking
forward to the return of bmi regional at the end of March
with the launch of their Aberdeen service"
During February significant growth was achieved on
scheduled flights to destinations including -
Krakow (+207.3%), Shannon (+52.2%), Grenoble (+43.9%),
Inverness (+38.4%), Prague (+34.1%) and
sunshine destinations Alicante (+36.5%), Malaga (+31.8%),
Tenerife (+27.6%) and Dubai (+2.9%)
, with local travellers
choosing to leave the UK's wintry weather behind them
Charter traffic which experienced growth included -
Egypt (+42.6%), Turkey (+38.7%) and Mexico (+10.5%)
Scheduled traffic accounted for 84% of the total
passenger traffic in February whilst charter passengers
made up the remaining 16%
Wednesday 16 March 2009


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