International traffic soaring

Airport growth means Scotland no longer relies on London

Gordon DewarEdinburgh Airport says a sharp rise in international traffic means Scotland is no longer dependent on London for overseas travel.

The number of passengers passing through the airport last month rose by 8.7% to more than a million (1,009,529).

Within these figures, international traffic is performing most strongly, up 18.4% and now accounting for more than half of traffic.

Gordon Dewar (pictured), chief executive, said: “Edinburgh Airport’s international air services are the lifeblood of Scotland’s tourism industry and are offering better global connections for Scots businesses than ever before. Scotland is no longer dependent on London for its place in the world.

“The airport is an increasingly important social and economic asset, providing 23,000 jobs and economic output of around £1 billion.

“We look forward to working with others, in the city and in the Scottish Government and elsewhere, to build a sustainable, long-term plan for the future of this airport, potentially doubling the number of jobs here in the next few years.”

Mr Dewar has campaigned for a cut in air passenger duty and is expected to encourage the SNP government to make good on its pledge to reduce it.

He said: “We will continue to advocate a halving of air passenger duty. It is a punitive tax on travel that restricts Scotland’s progress and punishes those who can least afford it.”

Edinburgh’s international growth is fuelled by the an increasing number of destinations served, such as Berlin, Doha, Madrid and Stuttgart.

The ‘moving annual total’ of people using Edinburgh Airport grew by 10.9% in April, to more than 11.5m passengers. Domestic travel was down 2.2% in the month, reflecting the strong and growing demand in international traffic.

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