Airport continues amongst economic gloom

The Birmingham Mail reports that Passenger numbers at Birmingham International Airport remain strong. While other airports such as Manchester and Gatwick have seen passenger numbers drop about 10% against a national average of a 6% drop in passenger numbers Birmingham has seen only a 0.7%drop in passenger numbers.

Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport’s business development director, said they were doing far better than any other airport in the country. And while October’s figures were fractionally down, he believed that was just a “blip” and November was already looking set to be a positive figure.

“For the financial year to date our passenger figures are already up 4.3per cent up while all other airports are down,” he said.

The bucking of the trend by Birmingham is down to an increasing number of flights from across Europe into Birmingham and the expansion of Ryanair routes, up now to 36 from the one route Birmingham had last October.

With Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council meeting to decide on the extension of the runway, all eyes are turning to Birmingham as its continues amongst the economic gloom.


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