Birmingham Airport is celebrating its nineteenth consecutive month of record breaking growth having seen its busiest September on record.
In total 1,207,796 people were recorded travelling through the airport last month, up by 15.8% compared to the same month last year.
This means the airport has also recorded its fifth consecutive month this year in which it has handled over a million passengers.
Long haul saw very significant passenger growth rates, up by 21.5%, and short haul grew by 15.1% year-on-year.
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Airport, said: “This is a very healthy growth rate year on year equating to almost 165,000 more passengers being served here. It gives us a strong start to the Autumn travel period.
“As we approach the Winter season we will commence a £100 million package of terminal works to improve the customer journey in time for the busy Summer 2017 period.”
Scheduled traffic accounted for 87% of the total passenger volume for September and saw a 27.1% growth compared to the same month last year. Charter traffic accounted for 13% of the total.
Middle Eastern, European, Caribbean and Asian destinations saw the greatest increase in passengers compared to the same month last year. This is due to a greater amount of airlines serving these regions from Birmingham Airport giving more destination choices and flight frequencies.
Scheduled destinations with significant year-on-year passenger growth were Madrid (+309.3%), Budapest (+179.2%) and Warsaw (+137.2%).
Charter destinations with significant growth were Fuerteventura (+89.4%), Skiathos (+80.5%), Gerona (+80.1%), Tenerife South (+53.6%) and Alicante (+38.1%).