Passenger numbers at Birmingham Airport soared to more than nine million for the first time in five years.
Figures show that 9,119,709 passengers flew through Birmingham Airport in 2013, a 2.3% increase from 2012, and a first since 2009.
The milestone was reached in part thanks to a busy December that saw over 500,000 seeking some winter sun in destinations such as Barbados and Gambia.
Paul Kehoe, the Airport’s CEO, said:
Charter services seeing an increase in passengers included Barbados (+70.2%), Gambia (+21.4%), Austria (+8.9%), Finland (+5.6%) and Spain (+5.3%). The top scheduled destinations in 2013 were Dublin, Dubai and Amsterdam, and the most popular charter destinations were Dalaman, Palma and Tenerife.