[9th November 2007]

Birmingham gets bigger

Airport expansion

Passenger numbers at Birmingham airport in October grew by 2.8% compared to 2006 to a total of just over 850,000.

Non-EU routes rose by 8.5%, EU routes by 5.9%, domestic routes by 2.3% and long-haul routes to Asia by 10.1%.

"I am delighted that Birmingham continues to grow, offering more choice and exciting new destinations. More people than ever are choosing to travel from the Midlands' premier gateway rather than face the hassle of less convenient airports," comments the airport's head of corporate and community affairs, John Morris.

Routes experiencing the most dramatic growth were Bratislava [up 298.5%], Palma [+135.7%], Aberdeen [+110.8%], Murcia [+69.4%] and Barcelona [+49.6%].

In June this year Birmingham won the Airports Council International Award for the Best Airport in Europe in the 5-10 million passengers category. A number of new routes are being launched from Birmingham over the next few months, including bmibaby flights to Madrid and Krakow, and easyJet flights to Geneva and Grenoble.

Written by: Nick Purdom


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