Birmingham Airport celebrates as the passenger numbers in the last year reach nine million

Passengers Andrea Buchner and Jonathan Gumz were presented with a celebratory bottle of champagne
by Birmingham Airport CEO, Paul Kehoe, for being the 9 millionth passengers to pass through the Airport;
they were flying with Air France to Paris CDG and onward to Chicago
 Birmingham Airport is celebrating another major milestone, as passenger
numbers for the last year reach nine million

Over the past 12 months, nine million people chose to fly from Birmingham, taking
advantage of the Airport’s world-class facilities and its growing network of flights

The nine million milestone was achieved after the Airport enjoyed the second
busiest month in its history during August. The Airport handled over one million
passengers last month, a 2% increase compared to the same period last year

August also saw the Airport record its busiest day of the year so far, as
36,781 people passed through the terminal on Friday 23 August 2013

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said: "These passenger
figures clearly demonstrate there is strong demand for flights from Birmingham.
We’ve seen a period of sustained growth throughout the past 12 months,
welcoming nine million passengers to the Airport"

"We’ve also enjoyed a strong summer performance too, recording the second
busiest month in our history, as passengers enjoy the benefits of our state-of
-the-art facilities and expanding network of flights. These growing passenger
figures, coupled with the extension of our runway, which is due to be complete
in spring 2014, certainly provides encouraging signs for the future" 
Passenger numbers at the Airport have been given a significant boost
thanks to the introduction of new airlines including Air India, who recently
began operating flights four times weekly to Delhi and Amritsar, using the
Boeing 787-8 "dreamliner" aircraft in August

The continued expansion of other airlines including Monarch and Aer Lingus
has also been a key factor in attracting new passengers to Birmingham.
Turkish Airlines increased its daily flight programme from seven to ten
flights a week to Istanbul back in April, providing onward connections to
221 destinations worldwide

Between September 2012 and August 2013, popular destinations for passengers
flying from Birmingham included Amsterdam, Paris and New York. However,
Dublin proved to be most popular, for those visiting friends and relatives,
closely followed by Dubai, for onward connections to the Far East and Australia
Wednesday 18 September 2013


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