Tuesday’s the big day! Edinburgh Airport looks set to hit 10m passenger mark on 23rd
Edinburgh Airport is predicting tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd December, as the day it will hit the 10 million passenger mark – the first time a Scottish airport has achieved this major milestone.
Airport experts have been analysing the figures closely and expect the 10 millionth passenger to travel through the terminal during the course of tomorrow afternoon.
After seeing record-breaking passenger numbers last year, the airport has continued to see more people than ever before travel through its terminal, thanks to a number of short and long haul destinations launching in 2014, including the city’s first Middle Eastern service to Doha with Qatar Airways.
Like 2013, July and August both recorded over a million passengers with July being the busiest month the airport has ever seen with over 1.1 million people travelling.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “After a record-breaking 2013, we set our sights on hitting the 10 million mark this year. Our passenger numbers have been growing and growing and this year’s successes in securing fantastic new routes to a range of short and long haul destinations has helped drive the increase.
“We’ve been lucky to play our part in delivering a phenomenal year for Scotland, one which we’ve been on the global stage. Events like The Ryder Cup and Edinburgh Festivals attracted huge numbers of visitors to Scotland.
“This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the exceptional hard work from our city partners. The help and support they have given us this year has been outstanding. A huge thank you is also due to the thousands of people who work at the airport, from terminal operations and Security Officers to cleaners and airline crew. They have truly worked their socks off this year and we’re planning to officially mark this milestone with a party in January.
“We’re now looking forward to a new year and a new challenge to ensure Edinburgh Airport remains where Scotland meets the world. The next twelve months look set to be very exciting as we gear up to welcome even more new airlines to the capital, including Etihad Airways which will launch its new service to Abu Dhabi in June.”
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: “This is a fantastic milestone for Edinburgh Airport and for Scotland. It rounds off an incredible year for Edinburgh which saw the airport play its role in 2014’s exciting programme of events, including the Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and a second Year of Homecoming.
“With new services to long haul destinations like Doha and Chicago now launched and a new service to Abu Dhabi set to take off next year, I’m sure Edinburgh Airport will continue this success in 2015.”
David Birrell Chief Executive Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce added: “Scotland has enjoyed one of our highest global profiles as a country in 2014 and we must try to harness as much of this energy as possible in 2015.
“To achieve 10 million passengers is a fantastic milestone for our capital’s airport and we must all join forces to ensure that Edinburgh, and Scotland, continues to be seen as a leading destination for tourism, recreation and business in an increasingly competitive and complex global market.”
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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.