Birmingham’s reputation as a world class city was done no harm at all by the recent news coming out of Birmingham Airport which has just enjoyed its busiest year to date and has also been earmarked as the most punctual airport on the planet!
In 2016 over 11.6 million passengers passed through its terminal which is an increase of over 14% since 2015. This equates to more than 1.4 million people.
Both long-haul and short-haul flights are up on last year, with long-haul experiencing over 27% increase due to the growth in new carriers including Qatar Airways, Iberia Express, Czech Airlines, Cobalt and Albastar.
The airport will also be launching new routes in 2017 and there are plans in place to invest a further £100 million before the summer in updating terminal and infrastructure facilities.
Over 91% of flights on time
The icing on the cake is that Birmingham has also been named the world’s most punctual airport in 2016 by OAG, the air travel intelligence company. OAG monitored 54 million flight records from the whole of 2016 and Birmingham beat off the competition, achieving an impressive 91.28% of flights arriving and departing on time.
To achieve these levels of punctuality given that it was also the airport’s busiest year to date is notable and there’s no doubt that the team effort of all those involved at the airport and the £350 million that has been invested in the airport over the last 10 years has had a positive impact
John Grant, senior analyst at OAG, added: "The UK's airports and airlines have always been leaders in the global aviation industry, delivering exceptionally high service levels.
"The success of Birmingham is just another example of how the UK's regional airports have created world-class facilities and networks that both connect their regional communities to the world, and provide valuable economic growth."
High praise indeed and this further cements Birmingham’s place as a leading world destination for business and investment.