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Key gateways in Scotland report summer traffic rise

As Scotland draws ever closer to a historic vote next Thursday on whether to become independent and leave the UK - its main gateways have reported a summer passenger traffic surge.

Glasgow Airport says more than 782,000 travellers passed through its doors in August, representing an increase of 4.9% compared to the same month last year.

Almost 2.5 million passengers used the airport during the peak summer months of June, July and August, an increase of 2.8% on last year, and ensuring the airport enjoyed its busiest summer in six years.

The gateway made a strong start to August, which was its 19th consecutive month of growth, when thousands of athletes and officials returned home from the Commonwealth Games.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, explains: “August was an extremely busy month for the airport and the city. We started the month by waving off the thousands of athletes who had descended on the city for the Commonwealth Games which were a resounding success.

“This was quickly followed by events such as the World Pipe Band Championships and the UDO World Street Dance Championships, which attracted thousands of visitors to Glasgow.

“Despite the increase in numbers, it was one of our best summers in terms of operational performance with 99.6% of passengers passing through security in less than 10 minutes during the summer months.”

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Meanwhile, over at Edinburgh Airport, the gateway enjoyed its busiest August ever, and is now gearing up for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from September 23-28.

Traffic reached 1,065,783 last month, an increase of 2.9% on 2013, which was the airport’s second consecutive ‘million month’ this year, and the moving annual total for the year ending August 31, 2014, was 10,073,153.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, comments: “The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and we’ve been busy preparing to make sure we play our part.

“Our new services to Chicago and Philadelphia have been a fantastic draw for golf fans and we’re expecting hundreds of thousands of international passengers over the coming weeks.

“With the world’s eyes on Scotland, we want to give our passengers and the US and European teams a welcome to remember. We’ve had a record-breaking summer and a bumper August is the icing on the cake.

“Exceeding our 10 million passenger mark and recording two consecutive million months are amazing achievements and I want to thank all passengers who helped us reach these milestones.”

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