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Record May passenger numbers highlight need for Let’s Go Further consultation

Posted: 10th June 2016

Edinburgh Airport has today announced the latest passenger numbers showing 1,111,377 passengers used in the airport in May. This is 8.5 per cent increase on May 2015, making this the busiest ever May at the airport.

In 2013 and 2014 July and August were million passenger months at Edinburgh Airport. Last year May, June, July, August, September and October were million passenger months. So Far in 2016 April and May have been million passenger months.

Welcoming May’s passenger figures, Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, said:

“May’s record breaking passenger figures make this another great month at Edinburgh Airport. This is great news for Scotland’s connectivity and the economy at large. But being on course for a record seventh consecutive million-passenger months also underlines the need for Edinburgh Airport to adapt so we can accommodate the ever increasing number of people wanting to fly in and out of Scotland’s Capital city.

“We need to modernise and improve Edinburgh Airport in a way that maximises the benefits for all of Scotland and minimises the impact on local communities. That is why this week we launched Let’s Go Further – a consultation aimed at gaining responses from the public that will help us inform the design of any potential future flight paths. We want everyone to know they have the opportunity to have their say on the positioning of potential future flight path changes.

“As of Monday a leaflet drop to over 640,000 doors commences. We are also targeting 900,000 people through TV advertising of as well as an outdoor advertising campaign in arterial routes across Edinburgh and in national and local newspapers adverts. We’ll also be engaging with community groups to help us have discussions in local communities.

“We are absolutely committed to undertaking a robust and meaningful consultation process.”

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