Tuesday 25 Feb 2014 07:00

Breaking the nine million barrier

Passenger numbers at Birmingham Airport reached over nine million last year for the first time since 2009.

A total of 9,119,709 passengers chose to fly through Birmingham Airport in 2013, a 2.3% increase on 2012. The nine million milestone was achieved after the airport enjoyed a busy December with 574,854 passengers, 8% up on December 2012.

Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe said: “2013 has been a fantastic year for us in many ways. We are now looking to build on this success in 2014, which will see the opening of our longer runway and with it, the capability to serve more long haul destinations than ever before.”

Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, added: “The Airport’s strong 2013 performance is testament to the ongoing activity to promote the Greater Birmingham and Black Country region as a popular visitor destination.”

Meanwhile, Birmingham Airport also recorded the best overall flight punctuality of any UK airport in the third quarter of 2013, the busiest period of the year, with 88% of scheduled flights and 90% of charter services operating on-time.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s quarterly punctuality report highlighted Birmingham as having the biggest increase in flight on-time performance out of any UK airport.

Kehoe added: “This demonstrates the benefit of an efficient and convenient airport.”