Cyprus still a hot favourite with Birmingham International Airport passengers

In 2009 Birmingham International Airport will be celebrating its 70th birthday and with the 1 million passengers mark being reached in July this year it seems that the airport has never been busier.

July 2008 saw the highest number of passenger arrivals of any July on record and a 7.5% overall increase in scheduled and charter flight passengers compared to 2007. One of the airport's busiest scheduled routes to Larnaca in eastern Cyprus saw an increase of 115% in July 2008 and this coupled with figures for UK tourist arrivals in Cyprus hitting 110,736 in January to March 2008 compared to 108,542 over the same period in 2007, it would seem that Birmingham International Airport is facilitating ever more Britons to explore this magical Mediterranean isle. 

According to Sarah Woods, editor of the Retirement Property Guide, Cyprus is also popular with the older generations with over 60,000 foreign retirees living in Cyprus, of whom a large percentage are Britons who strongly favour the island. Its enviable climate, fantastic quality of life and the strong British influences that exist from it previously being a British colony until 1960 all add to its appeal along with the fact that it is less than a 5 hour flight away. 

Martin Pearce, UK Sales Director for Aristo Developers comments "It is refreshing that in a climate where there is much talk of a global credit crunch and diminishing tourist figures that statistics actually show that visitors to Cyprus are growing year on year. With numbers of those travelling from the EU and specifically the UK growing at a such positive rate, it is clear that more and more people are discovering the wonders of Cyprus' ancient sites, cultural variety, wonderful local delicacies and stunning scenery."

To learn more about Cyprus as a destination for investment, vacationing and relocating, come and speak to Aristo Developers at this years A Place in the Sun Live Exhibition which will be taking place at the Birmingham NEC from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th September.