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Edinburgh Airport’s January passenger numbers: 21.7% international growth

Posted: 11th February 2016


Edinburgh Airport has today announced January’s passenger numbers showing 700,142 people passed through the airport in the first month of the year. The total change represents double digit growth from January 2015 with an exceptionally strong showing in the number of international passengers, where a 21.7 per cent annual hike was recorded. In terms of international passengers this is the greatest monthly increase since January 2008 when the number of international passengers increased from January 2007 by 26.3%.

Welcoming January’s passenger figures Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, said: “January’s passenger numbers are very welcome indeed and the massive increase in the number of international passengers highlights the growing draw of Edinburgh as a prime global destination. “We are continuing to offer greater choice with more routes and more destinations– and passengers are responding by flying in and out of Edinburgh directly in greater numbers than ever before. “People ask me how much more Edinburgh Airport can grow in a country with little over five million people; it is not the five million I am worried about – but how the other seven billion across the globe get to visit us.”

January monthly passenger figures

Jan 2016 Jan 2015 % Change on last year
Domestic 357,602 346,767 +3.1%
International 342,540 281,518 +21.7%
Total passengers 700,142 628,285 +11.4%


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