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Birmingham Airport has recorded an increase in flights across Europe in comparison to the same period in 2008.

Throughout the course of January 2009, the airport saw a 3.5% year-on-year increase, with over half-a-million passengers in total passing through the airport. And, during that period, Alicante, Malaga and Palma were proving popular for sun-seekers, while Grenoble and Geneva were major attractions for those indulging in winter sports.

Paul Kehoe, the airport's managing director, said: "All the indications are that we are in for a challenging period ahead, with the airport not immune to the current pressures affecting the UK economy.

"However, with a growing portfolio of carriers and routes from Birmingham and with a final decision regarding our proposed runway extension due in the coming weeks, there is still a lot to look forward to."

Travellers flying from Birmingham Airport may be interested in booking an airport hotel that will enable a relaxing start to their holiday. The Corus Solihull Hotel offers excellent 3-star accommodation just six miles from the hotel, meaning that travel to the airport on the day of your flight can be relaxed and free from any last-minute rushes.

The Corus Solihull Hotel features a range of facilities including a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and offers transfers to the airport 24 hours a day, free of charge.

Room at the Corus Solihull with up to eight days' holiday parking from £71*

*Please note: This price is correct for bookings searched on February 19, 2009. Prices are subject to change. Book the Birmingham Corus Solihull in advance to secure the best price and availability.