India knocks Italy out of top 10 destinations from city airport
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