More choosing to fly
Airports benefit from new flights and events
Edinburgh airport: Scotland’s busiest (pic by Terry Murden)
Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have reported record July passenger numbers as travellers take advantage of more direct flights and incomers arrive for a growing number of high profile events.
Edinburgh Airport, Scotland’s’ busiest, said it handled 1,413,272 passengers over the month, a rise of 6.1% on last year.
Glasgow broke the one million barrier to record 1,082,000 passengers – a rise of 6.2% on last year.
Aberdeen was also up, handling 301,089 passengers, a 2.7% year on year increase.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said: “It was only in July 2013 when we had our first million passenger month, so these latest figures demonstrate the phenomenal growth that we have achieved.
“The summer months are always busy but these figures show that Edinburgh Airport is becoming more popular, especially with international visitors who want to come and experience what Scotland has to offer.
Glasgow Airport said international traffic rose 10.1% to 700,808 though domestic passenger numbers fell 0.2% to 381,239.
Amanda McMillan, managing director, said: “To record our busiest ever month in 51 years of operation is a significant achievement.
“We’ve set new passenger-number records in each month so far this year and our strong performance in 2017 is a result of our continued efforts to offer customers more choice through extra seats to popular routes and new destinations such as the new twice-weekly Ryanair service to Zadar launched last month.
“August is already proving busy thanks to large-scale events such as the return this week of the Piping Live festival and the World Pipe Band Championships.”
Aberdeen managing director Carol Benzie said: “We believe that the modest return to growth being demonstrated in both domestic and international traffic mirrors the slowly growing confidence in the region.
“We are delighted that this change in outlook coincides with the completion of phase 1 of the terminal transformation, although phases 2 and 3 involve works inside the existing terminal, so we urge our regular passengers to be patient during these further major construction works.”