Edinburgh Airport reports increase in passenger numbers for May

Edinburgh Airport has consolidated its position as the busiest airport in Scotland with its report of a 3.5 per cent increase in May passenger numbers. The airport entrance can get quite congested from about six in the morning because of passengers arriving for early morning flights . A transfer to Edinburgh Airport from Falkirk takes about half an hour. Phone 07576-127097 for transfer bookings.

The airport, owned by Global Infrastructure Partners, said a total of 937,093 passengers passed through its terminals last month.

International passenger numbers are reported to have risen 5.7 per cent year-on-year to 517,543 in total, which the airport said was down to the launch of a number of new routes.

New routes launched in May included three new long-haul destinations linking Edinburgh Airport with Chicago and Philadelphia in the US and Doha in Qatar.

The airport said domestic passenger numbers rose by 0.9 per cent in May from to 419,550 in total.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said May was “a tremendous month” the airport.

“We enjoyed two of our most successful weeks ever when we launched four international airline routes, something which we’ve never experienced before,” he said.

“We worked hard with our city partners to deliver Edinburgh’s first Middle Eastern route and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership with Qatar Airways who are operating Scotland’s first scheduled Dreamliner.

“The success of these new routes will enhance our global connectivity and ensure we continue to provide our passengers with the best choice possible.

“With the school summer holidays just around the corner, coupled with the Ryder Cup and Edinburgh Festival, we’re looking forward to welcoming many thousands of passengers through our airport over the coming weeks.”

A transfer to Edinburgh Airport from Falkirk takes about half an hour. Phone 07576-127097 for transfer bookings

Edinburgh Airport traffic increases

Passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport increased by over 11% in January, with a huge increase in domestic traffic seeing over 580,000 passengers travel through the terminal.

A total of 586,184 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, an increase of 11.5% compared to January 2013.

The number of domestic passengers rose by 9.4% on the previous year , with a total of 321,502 passengers at the airport .

International traffic  increased by  14.3% on January 2013, with a total of 264,682 passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, said: “We’ve enjoyed a strong start to 2014 with our domestic carriers seeing a steady increase in passenger numbers in January.

“The introduction of Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red service to Heathrow has seen an extra 25,000 passengers travel through Edinburgh Airport compared to the same time last year. ”

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