Lufthansa is celebrating 25 years of operating from Birmingham Airport with some high flying new passenger figures.
In the first few months of this year the German airline has carried a massive 33.6 per cent more passengers than in the same period last year.
“This level of increase in passenger numbers has been almost unheard of in recent years,” said Marianne Sammann, Lufthansa’s general manager in UK.
“Our Birmingham figures for the first two months of this year are showing an almost 100 per cent increase to the Middle East, 36 per cent increase to Africa, 29.3 per cent increase to South America and a 38 per cent increase on connections within Europe.
“The most popular onward destination with our Birmingham passengers is Prague with Vienna, Berlin, Delhi, Mumbai, Budapest, Graz, Milan, Barcelona, Stockholm and Sofia all featuring in the top 20 most popular connections.“
Ms Sammann revealed the latest figures when she visited Birmingham to join in the silver anniversary celebrations. She said the figures proved the majority of air travellers still wanted the airline’s full service offering with hold and cabin baggage allowances, in flight food and drink, the ability to checking-in and all taxes and charges for one all inclusive fare with no hidden extras.
It was on April 1, 1986, that Lufthansa launched its Birmingham operation offering 13 flights a week, with a daily flight to Frankfurt operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft and a six days a week service to Düsseldorf using a 28 seat Embraer 120 Brasilia aircraft. Today the airline has five times as many flights and is using bigger aircraft.
Ms Sammann said more than half of the passengers flying with Lufthansa from Birmingham were taking advantage of the airline’s onward connections. Their summer timetable currently offers Birmingham passengers a choice of 65 flights a week with onward connections to 211 destinations in 84 countries.