Fantastic four! Edinburgh Airport ends bumper summer with four million passengers in four months
Over four million passengers traveled through Edinburgh Airport in the four months between June and September – meaning 2014 was the busiest summer ever for the airport.
A total of 4,151,479 people travelled through Edinburgh Airport between the beginning of June and the end of September, with last month seeing 987,674 passengers. This figure is a 2.9% increase on the same period in 2013 and follows two consecutive ‘million months’ in July and August.
The unprecedented development in long-haul services to the USA, Canada and the Middle East has driven this growth.
A total of 563,312 international passengers passed through the terminal last month, an increase of 6.3% on 2013. Domestic passenger numbers saw a slight drop by 1.4% to 424,362 following the end of the easyJet service to London Southend.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Summer 2014 has been very successful for us and seeing over four million passengers in as many months is a great achievement. Our teams have been working extremely hard and have delivered some amazing results to help give our passengers the very best experience.
“It’s also been a tremendous summer for Scotland and we should credit the amazing events of the past few months for helping us achieve such high passenger figures. The Ryder Cup saw huge numbers of visitors to Scotland and we had one of our busiest departure days ever on the 29th of September with all transatlantic flights and connections from Edinburgh full.
“September was a great month for us with a significant increase in the number of international passenger travel. This has been down to new long-haul routes to Chicago, Philadelphia and Doha, which weren’t in operation last year, and an increased frequency to Toronto with Air Canada Rouge.
“We’ve also seen strong performances from easyJet across its entire European network and Ryanair services to Dublin.”
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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.