Birmingham International Airport has recorded its busiest spell despite terrorism fears.

It saw 1,023,697 passengers travelling through the airport in July, an increase of 7.8 per cent over 2004.

It is the first time that the airport has broken through the million passenger milestone in any July. And it says the signs are good for a further record in the peak month of August.

On Friday July 29 the airport recorded its busiest ever day, with 38,190 passengers travelling through in 24 hours.

An airport spokeswoman said: "Our record breaking passenger figures for July are evidence that people have not been deterred from travelling from BIA following the recent events in London and subsequent arrests in Birmingham."

Richard Heard, Birmingham International Airport's managing director said: "These record passenger levels reflect the increasing desire of people in the Midlands to travel - and to do that from their regional airport.

"We have been delighted to launch a wide range of new services this year to places far and wide. We now serve 126 destinations across the world direct, and many more through connections at global hubs such as Dubai. You can now fly from Birmingham on more airlines, to more places, at more value.

" We have broken the records through a great team effort from everyone at the airport and we are continuing to invest in our facilities so that we provide an even better service for more passengers in the future.

"A major expansion to the Terminal 1 departure lounge is already underway, along with an expansion of the immigration and baggage hall. In Terminal 2, we have just started a project to add further check in desks and baggage systems improvements.

"The continuing success of the airport is great news for the region as we are one of the major drivers of employment and economic growth."

Scheduled traffic grew by 24.2 per cent overall with passenger numbers increasing on non-EU flights, ahead by 51 per cent. Asian services were up 42.2 per cent, transatlantic routes rose by 31.1 per cent and EU flights surged 22.2 per cent.

Other scheduled destinations which saw an increase in passenger traffic during the month include, Prague (+108 per cent), Larnaca (+98.3 per cent), Milan (+92.6 per cent), Helsinki (+65.6 per cent), Edinburgh (+26.3 per cent), Copenhagen (+24.3 per cent), Amsterdam (+15.3 per cent), and Zurich (+12.4 per cent).

Charter passengers fell by 13.5 per cent overall, reflecting a wider trend across the charter market.

Despite the overall fall in charter traffic, a number of countries did experience growth in passenger numbers from Birmingham including, Bulgaria (+78.3 per cent), Mexico (+ 50.1 per cent) Croatia (+30.6 per cent), Malta (+20.7 per cent) Cyprus (+17.5 per cent) and Turkey (+13.4 per cent).

Scheduled traffic accounted for 65 per cent of the total July figure.