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Edinburgh passes the 10 million passenger milestone

As Edinburgh Airport gears up for the festive season it has passed the 10 million passenger traffic milestone for 2014 - just before the seasonal rush.

The gateway saw a 3.1% increase in traffic in November with over 700,000 people travelling through the terminal last month, and the increase was driven by a strong performance in domestic traffic, which was up 4.3% on last year.

More services to London City by both British Airways, now flying 11 times daily, and Flybe has helped drive domestic passenger numbers., with strong performances from easyJet to Bristol and Belfast and Loganair to Sumburgh and Kirkwall have also been recorded.

International passenger traffic increased steadily in November, 1.4% up on the same period in 2013, with 294,751 people travelling.

Reasons for this include Ryanair’s decision to continue flying its Barcelona service through the winter this year after being a summer only service in 2013.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, says: “We’re entering this festive season in a good position after recording strong passenger traffic in November.

“We’re expecting about 130,000 passengers to travel through our airport during the Christmas week alone and we’re confident that we’ll hit our 10 million passenger mark for a calendar year around about this time as well.

"We've worked incredibly hard this year to give our passengers a great experience and service and we're now focusing on 2015 and what it will bring."

glasgow

Meanwhile over at Glasgow Airport, passenger numbers saw an 11.8% increase im November, and the busiest since 2007.

It welcomed 574,380 travellers through its doors last month, representing a rise of 11.8% compared to the same period last year, the airport's 22nd consecutive month of growth, with international and domestic traffic growing by 18.3% and 7.7% respectively.

Airlines such as United, KLM, and Icelandair all added extra capacity and there was strong demand for the new European destinations introduced by Ryanair.

Domestic traffic benefitted from British Airways' decision to add extra capacity on its London City route, as well as the introduction of Ryanair's new London Stansted service.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, says: "November was an exceptionally busy month and it was our success in securing new routes that enabled us to record double-digit growth.

"We committed significant investment throughout 2014 in enhancing our facilities and we're currently investing £3 million in extending one of our three piers in order to accommodate the services we have been consistently adding.

"We're now looking forward to what promises to be a busy festive period after which our attention will turn to building on what was a hugely successful 2014 for the airport and Scotland as a whole.

"With events such as the World Gymnastics Championships, the Davis Cup, the European Judo Championships, and the Turner Prize already lined up, 2015 is set to be yet another bumper year for Glasgow."

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