Edinburgh Airport gears up for festive season with 10 million milestone within reach
Edinburgh Airport saw a 3.1% increase in passenger traffic in November with over 700,000 people travelling through the terminal last month.
The increase was driven by a strong performance in domestic passenger traffic, which was up 4.3% on last year. More services to London City by both British Airways, now flying 11 times daily, and Flybe has helped drive domestic passenger numbers.
Strong performances from easyJet to Bristol and Belfast and Loganair to Sumburgh and Kirkwall have also been recorded.
International passenger traffic increased steadily in November, 1.4% up on the same period in 2013, with 294,751 people travelling. Reasons for this include Ryanair’s decision to continue flying its Barcelona service through the winter this year after being a summer only service in 2013. The airline has also been operating increased services to Dublin.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re entering this festive season in a good position after recording strong passenger traffic in November.
“We’re expecting about 130,000 passengers to travel through our airport during the Christmas week alone and we’re confident that we’ll hit our 10 million passenger mark for a calendar year around about this time as well.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard this year to give our passengers a great experience and service and we’re now focusing on 2015 and what it will bring.”
The moving annual total for the year ending 30 November 2014 was 10,123,220.
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About Edinburgh Airport:
Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport. More than 40 airlines serve 100-plus destinations and 9.78 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013 – the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.
July 2014 was the airport’s busiest month ever with over 1.1 million passengers travelling through its terminal.
It is the 5th largest in the UK, in terms of passenger numbers, and employs over 5000 people, contributing hundreds of millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy.
Edinburgh Airport was named best in Britain, and top three in Europe, for passenger satisfaction, at the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012 and ‘Best European Airport (5-10m passengers)’ at the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards for 2012. It has also won Scottish Airport of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards in 2013 and 2014.