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Edinburgh Airport to hit 10m passenger target

Gordon DewarEdinburgh airport says it is confident that the Christmas week will see its passenger numbers for the year pass through 10 million.

It  saw a 3.1% increase in traffic in November as more than 700,000 travellers went through the terminal last month.

The increase was driven by a strong performance in domestic passenger 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.

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. The airline has also been operating increased services to Dublin.

Gordon Dewar, the airport’s chief executive, said: “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.”

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