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Edinburgh hits Scots record for March flyers

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Edinburgh airport (photo by Terry Murden)


Edinburgh Airport has experienced the busiest March for a Scottish airport after figures showed it handled almost a million travellers over the month. 

The latest data revealed a 4.1% hike on the same month last year to more than 965,000 with international passenger numbers performing particularly strongly. 

Gordon Dewar, chief executive, said: “March’s passenger figures underline Edinburgh Airport’s growing international ambitions and ongoing demand to fly to and from this great city. 

“We have seen another solid increase in the number of international passengers which highlights the ever-increasing draw of Edinburgh as a global destination. An increase in visitors to the city stimulates the economy, creates new jobs and offers direct international links for all of Scotland.

 

March 2017

Change on March 2016

Domestic

444,958

+2.5%

International

520,333

+5.5%

Total

965,291

+4.1%


The increase in passengers is due to the increase in international passengers from the new services launched from Edinburgh Airport over the last year with 27 international services launched in 2016.

Two routes were launched in March 2017:

  • Flybe’s London Heathrow service launched on the 26  March.
  • Eurowing’s Munich service launched on 31 March.

Also over the year: 

  • Jet2.com launched 13 routes from Edinburgh.
  • Ryanair launched  five routes.
  • easyJet carried more people across its network.

 

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