In­dia knocks Italy out of top 10 des­ti­na­tions from city air­port

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IN­DIA has knocked Italy out of the top 10 most pop­u­lar win­ter des­ti­na­tions for West Mid­lands trav­ellers.

A to­tal of 42,184 peo­ple flew be­tween Birm­ing­ham Air­port and In­dia last De­cem­ber, Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, mak­ing it the 10th most pop­u­lar place to visit last win­ter.

In com­par­i­son, 37,022 peo­ple flew to Italy over the same pe­riod, mean­ing the des­ti­na­tion has been knocked out of the top 10.

The num­ber of pas­sen­gers fly­ing to and from In­dia has risen in the last year – from 39,866 in the win­ter of 2016- 17 to 42,184 in 2017- 18.

At the same time, the num­ber of peo­ple travel- ling be­tween Birm­ing­ham and Italy plum­meted by more than 15,500 pas­sen­gers. The rise in visi­tors from Birm­ing­ham to In­dia has largely been driven by an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling to Goa, which saw more than 3,000 ex­tra pas­sen­gers last win­ter com­pared to the year be­fore.

Mean­while, Italy’s fall from grace is mainly thanks to a large drop in pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling to and from Rome, which saw 4,816 visi­tors last win­ter, com­pared to 11,475 the year be­fore.

Mi­lan also saw a mas­sive drop in visi­tors from Birm­ing­ham, with the num­ber of pas­sen­gers fall­ing by 6,000 be­tween 2016- 17 and 2017- 18. Ire­land, Ger­many, the Ca­nary Is­lands, the United Arab Emi­rates, main­land Spain, the Nether­lands, France, Switzer­land and Poland make up the rest of the top 10 win­ter des­ti­na­tions.

Main­land Spain has seen the most dra­matic drop of all coun­tries still in the top 10.

While 210,920 peo­ple trav­elled to and from Spain from Birm­ing­ham Air­port in the win­ter of 2016- 17, just 165,930 did so last year.

Switzer­land has seen the most sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in visi­tors mean­while, with pas­sen­ger num­bers in­creas­ing by more than 15,000 peo­ple.

In­dia is prov­ing a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion from Birm­ing­ham Air­port

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