Ryanair Celebrates 30 Million Passengers at Birmingham Airport

A Ryanair 737 on the tarmac.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Ryanair, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, has reached a significant milestone at Birmingham Airport (BHX).

The carrier has now transported over 30 million passengers through BHX since beginning operations there in 1987.

This achievement highlights Ryanair’s substantial growth and impact on the region’s air travel landscape.

Birmingham Airport: A Hub for Low-Cost Travel

Birmingham Airport, located in the heart of England, has become a crucial hub for low-cost air travel. The airport serves millions of passengers annually, connecting the Midlands to destinations across Europe and beyond.

BHX’s strategic location and modern facilities have made it an attractive base for airlines like Ryanair.

Close-up of a Ryanair Boeing 737
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Ryanair’s presence at BHX has evolved dramatically over the past three decades:

  • Pioneering low-cost flights: In 1987, Ryanair launched its first route from Birmingham to Knock, Ireland.
  • Steady expansion: The airline gradually increased its route network from BHX.
  • Current operations: Ryanair now offers 50 routes to 17 countries from Birmingham.
  • Fleet investment: Seven Ryanair aircraft are based at BHX, representing a $700 million investment.
  • Job creation: The airline’s operations support over 2,400 local jobs.
A Ryanair 737 touches down at Birmingham Airport.
Rob Hodgkins, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Summer 2024: Ryanair Birmingham Airport

This summer, Ryanair is set to operate its most extensive schedule ever at Birmingham Airport:

  • Over 400 weekly flights
  • 50 routes in total
  • 9 new destinations added

The new routes for Summer 2024 include:

  • Agadir, Morocco
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Paphos, Cyprus
  • Paris, France
  • Seville, Spain
  • Tirana, Albania
  • Valencia, Spain

This expanded network offers Birmingham travelers unprecedented choice and connectivity at competitive prices.

Ryan kirk, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Impact on Local Tourism and Economy

Ryanair’s growth at BHX has significant benefits for the region. It firstly means enhanced international connections for local travellers.

The increased level of inbound tourism also has a flow-on effect for the regional economy and for local businesses.

In terms of regional economics, it has also meant the creation of jobs and employment opportunities for locals.

Jade Kirwan, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, expressed enthusiasm about the milestone

“We are thrilled to celebrate over 30 million Ryanair passengers through Birmingham Airport. This achievement underscores our ongoing commitment to growth and investment in Birmingham.”

Birmingham Airport terminal interior
Photo Credit: Birmingham Airport.

Looking Ahead: Ryanair’s Future at BHX

The airline shows no signs of slowing down its expansion at Birmingham Airport. Kirwan added:

“We look forward to carrying millions more passengers on Ryanair’s low-fare flights to and from Birmingham in the coming years.”


Ryanair’s 30 million passenger milestone at Birmingham Airport marks a significant chapter in the airline’s history and the airport’s development.

With its largest-ever summer schedule in 2024 and plans for continued growth, the budget carrier is cementing its position as a key player in Birmingham’s aviation sector.

This expansion not only benefits travelers with more choices and competitive fares but also contributes substantially to the local economy through tourism and job creation.

As Birmingham Airport and Ryanair look to the future, their partnership seems poised for further success. This promises further exciting opportunities for air travel in the Midlands and beyond.

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