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Scotland's busiest three gateways see traffic rise in 2014

Edinburgh Airport has topped off another record-breaking year with over 10 million passengers travelling through its terminal in 2014.

Last year, the Scottish gateway saw more passengers than any other airport in Scotland, marking a 4% increase on 2013’s passenger figures.

A total of 10,174,684 people flew in and out over the last 12 months making last year the second consecutive record-breaking year for the capital’s transport hub.

Last year’s growth stemmed from significant increases in long-haul traffic, up 89.6% on 2013 thanks to the introduction of Qatar Airways new service to Doha, new US routes to Chicago with United Airlines and Philadelphia with US Airways and an increase in frequency from Air Canada Rouge.

Total domestic traffic was also up 3% on 2013 with a number of new and increased services to London airports.

Chief executive, Gordon Dewar, says: "Last year we achieved what we set out to do - to offer our passengers choice, a great experience and to cement Edinburgh Airport as the place where Scotland meets the world.

"We welcomed new airlines and retail partners and opened our brand new terminal extension and security hall, all with the passenger firmly at the centre of our operations.

"2014 has been an unprecedented year for Scotland as a whole and we’re proud to have played our part in its success. 2015 will present its own exciting challenges and projects. It’s a time to focus on what new opportunities we can grasp.

“We want to harness the successes of the last year and use this to drive our performance over the next 12 months. For us, that means more routes, more investment in our services and welcoming more passengers."


Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest year since 2008 after more than 7.7 million passengers travelled through its doors in 2014, representing an annual increase of 4.8%.

It was the airport’s fourth consecutive year of growth and it was able to report an increase in both domestic and international traffic, which grew by 2.6% and 6.9% respectively.

Glasgow Airport secured 20 new routes and services during 2014 and a number of airlines including Aer Lingus, Icelandair and Wizz Air all added extra capacity. In October, the airport welcomed Ryanair on board for the first time and the airline is expected to bring an additional 850,000 passengers per year.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, says: “2014 was a remarkable year for Glasgow Airport and our performance exceeded all expectations. Having succeeded in securing 20 new routes and services in 2014, we fully expect to move back above eight million passengers this year.

“With events such as the Turner Prize, the World Gymnastics Championships and the European Judo Championships already confirmed, 2015 promises to be yet another special year for Glasgow.”


Figures released today show another bumper year for Aberdeen International Airport with over 3.76 million passengers passing through, making it the busiest year in the airport’s history.

This beats last year’s record high of 3.48 million, indicating an 8% rise on 2013 levels.

Airport MD, Carol Benzie, says: “The year ahead will bring a number of challenges, but along with these, plenty of exciting developments. First and foremost, we look forward to working with our new owners in continuing to develop the airport and our offer to passengers.

“We will continue to work closely with airlines to improve connectivity to and from Aberdeen, and challenge relevant authorities on key issues including the devolution of Air Passenger Duty and surface access to our airport.

“The full year results have been published alongside the passenger totals for the month of December which saw numbers increase by 6.8% to 283,136. This was as a result of growth in both fixed-wing and helicopter operations.”

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