Birmingham Airport has revealed May was another record breaking month with passenger figures showing over 1.2 million people travelled through the terminal – giving a 19.5% growth rate year on year.
In total 1,202,493 passengers flew through Birmingham – over 196,000 more than the same month in 2016.
The most significant rate of growth was on short haul services with an increase of 21.5% year on year. Long haul services saw a smaller 2.2% increase. May saw two bank holidays as well as school half term, this led to a rise in holiday bookings for city breaks and family holidays.
Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director at Birmingham Airport, said: “We are now celebrating our twenty seventh consecutive month of record breaking growth and this is our second million passenger month this year.
“Summer is fast approaching and we expect this one to be our busiest yet. We are investing heavily into the airport infrastructure to improve operational efficiency as the volume of passengers increase. Recent works have included the opening of a new premium set down car park just outside the terminal and the creation of new self-serve check in facilities.”
Scheduled traffic accounted for 90 per cent of the total, with charter passengers making up the remaining ten per cent.
Scheduled traffic overall grew by 20.9 per cent, with significant year-on-year growth to Nantes (+208.3%), Sofia (+195.2%), Rhodes (+186.5%), Bucharest (+147.3%), Ibiza (+138.5%) and Paphos (+115.6%).
Charter traffic saw 8.2% growth with significant expansion on services to Punta Cana (+177.3%), Gerona (+176.7%), Kos (+71.6%), Menorca (+66.7%) and Malaga (+56.6%).