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Airport celebrates new record as chief calls for APD decision

Edinburgh Airport

The airport is getting busier as new routes launch (pic: Terry Murden DB Media Services)


Edinburgh Airport recorded the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport as its chief executive flagged his concerns over a number of ongoing issues.

The airport handled 14,310,403 passengers during 2018, up 6.5% on the previous year. International growth was up 9.5% and domestic growth up almost 2%.

It comes after the airport reached one million passengers in December for the first time ever as 1,027,125 people passed through – an 11% increase on December 2017. 

Gordon Dewar, chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to deliver yet another record year for a Scottish airport which highlights the incredible appetite there is for travel to and from Scotland.

“From the Middle East to the Far East and Europe to America, we offer more than 150 destinations from Edinburgh and it’s that variety of choice which is driving our growth. Be it a city break in Copenhagen, a business conference in London or a family holiday to Dubai, we are catering across the spectrum.

“Our success is also down to our airline and business partners, and of course our staff who keep airport operations running smoothly. It is our staff who are the unsung heroes who make every day a big day for someone at our airport and I thank them for the work that they do. 

“New routes and destinations for 2019 have already been announced and we’ll continue to add growth where we can.”

However, Mr Dewar added that there were key issues that needed to be resolved.

“The uncertainty around Brexit obviously poses challenges and it’s crucial that we at least preserve access to that single aviation market that allows flights to pass freely through European skies, connecting Scotland to the whole of Europe,” he said.

“We also need to see movement on the pledge to cut Air Passenger Duty [air departure tax in Scotland] so we can continue to be competitive against other nations and harness the full potential of our industry and bolster the economy through tourism.

“There’s also infrastructure challenges such as our access road, a price we have to pay for our continued growth.

“We’re working on short and long-term solutions and that planning to improve access is something that will continue as we look ahead to what we hope is another successful year.” 

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December 2018 passenger figures


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New routes launched in 2018 (23 routes: 21 international and 2 domestic):

Mar 2018:

Ryanair to Hamburg & Szczecin

Easyjet to Jersey and Seville


Apr 2018:

Jet2 to Antalya


May 2018:

Jet2 to Dalaman & Kos

Thomas Cook to Antalya

BA to Florence

United Airlines to Washington D.C.


Jun 2018:

Hainan Airlines to Beijing

Israir to Tel Aviv


Oct 2018:

Emirates to Dubai

Ryanair to Berlin, Lisbon, Memmingen, Stockholm-Skavsta, Seville, Sofia, Tallinn & Derry


Nov 2018:

Ryanair to Riga


Dec 2018:

Lufthansa to Munich


New routes to be launched in 2019 (11 routes: 9 international and 2 domestic):


Mar 2019:

Loganair to Islay


Apr 2019:

American Airlines to Philadelphia

Ryanair to Billund & Luxembourg


May 2019:

Delta Airlines to Boston

Jet 2 to Bodrum, Bourgas and Corfu

Loganair to Bergen, Stavanger & Guernsey



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