Birmingham Airport passenger numbers up 1.6pc in a year
Birmingham Airport handled almost 12.7 million passengers last year – an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2018.
The airport served a total of 12,639,340, with the best performing months in comparison to the previous year including January – 781,282 and up 4.76 per cent, April – 1,002,951 and up 4.21 per cent and July –1,352,392 and up 3.06 per cent.
Busiest month overall was August, when more than 1.4 million passengers were recorded in the month.
Scheduled passengers accounted for 83 per cent of the 2019 total, with the remaining 17 per cent travelling on charter services.
The top three routes of the year were Dublin, Dubai and Amsterdam, with Dublin serving almost a million people over the 12 months.
Several additional routes were introduced throughout 2019, including Marsa Alam in Egypt, Krakow in Poland, Burgas in Bulgaria, Bodrum in Turkey, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland and Vienna in Austria.
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays increased capacity on its network to Antalya, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife and TUI added more capacity to Lanzarote, Hurghada, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
Nick Barton, chief executive at Birmingham Airport, said: "2019 saw our 80-year milestone, where we hosted celebrations with our local communities to mark the special birthday.
"On the whole, we saw monthly passenger growth in 2019. Despite the loss of Thomas Cook in the latter part of the year, we experienced a 1.6 per cent passenger increase overall and we’ve been delighted to see airlines grow capacity from Birmingham.
"Looking forward to 2020, we’ve commenced work to extend our departure lounge by 45 per cent, adding more space, seating, shops and restaurants. Opening in the early part of next year, it will provide a spacious and modern environment that helps cater for the forecast growth in passenger numbers, and is the biggest terminal investment we’ve made in 10 years, costing £30 million.
"We are also revising our existing carbon management plan and developing a roadmap, setting and prioritising carbon reduction objectives that will help meet our ambition to be a net-zero carbon airport by the year 2033."
During the last month of the year in December, 814,042 passengers travelled through the airport, with 90 per cent of passengers flying with scheduled carriers and 10 per cent flying with chartered carriers.