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Traffic booming at Scotland's two principle airports

Scotland’s two principle gateways continue to grow passenger traffic as more travellers pass through their terminals than ever before.

 

More than four million travelled through Edinburgh Airport in the four months between June and September – meaning 2014 was the busiest summer in the airport's history.

A total of 4,151,479 people travelled through Edinburgh between the beginning of June and the end of September, with last month seeing 987,674 passengers, a 2.9% increase on the same period in 2013.

The development in long-haul services to the USA, Canada and the Middle East has driven this growth, and 563,312 international passengers passed through the terminal last month, a surge 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, explains: “Summer 2014 has been very successful for us and seeing over four million passengers in as many months is a great achievement.

“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.”

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Meanwhile, Glasgow Airport has recorded its 20th consecutive month of traffic growth with a 2.4% rise after 783,000 passengers travelled through its doors in September.

The Ryder Cup contributed to the increase in passenger numbers, as did Glasgow’s continued success in attracting large-scale conferences, which saw thousands of delegates descend on the city.

International traffic was up 5.5%, and was the main driver of growth with airlines such as Emirates, Icelandair, KLM, United and US Airways all reporting an increase in demand.

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest summer in six year, and Amanda McMillan, managing director, says: “It was no surprise that our US carriers, as well as Icelandair and KLM, all experienced an increase in demand, particularly for business class seats.

“We made a very encouraging start to October with the welcome news Virgin Atlantic is to increase capacity on its Orlando service and Canadian airline WestJet, will further strengthen our long haul connectivity when it introduces direct flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2015.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming Ryanair which will start flying from Glasgow for the first time when it launches its new base at the end of the month.”

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