Record year for Edinburgh and Glasgow airports

Record year for Edinburgh and Glasgow airports

Executives at Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are celebrating after achieving major milestones during 2015.

Edinburgh Airport marked the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport whilst Glasgow Airport reported its largest ever annual increase in passenger numbers.

A total of 11,130,584 passengers passed through the doors of Edinburgh Airport, boosted by more routes and more destinations added last year.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “I was asked late last year how much more Edinburgh Airport can grow in a country with little over five million people; I explained that it was not the five million I was worried about but how the other seven billion across the globe get to visit us.

“Our international passenger figures for December show a 19% year-on-year growth; this is a strong indicator of our global ambitions and gives reason to be optimistic about further growth in the year ahead.”

More than 8.7 million passengers also passed through Glasgow Airport’s doors, representing an annual increase of 13% - over one million additional passengers.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “2016 marks the airport’s 50th anniversary and we are determined to ensure this year makes the history books.  

“Over the coming months we will welcome two major flag carriers in the form of Air Canada Rouge and Air France, and a new service to Montreal will commence with Air Transat.

“With these airlines, and others, coming on board we anticipate that 2016 will be our busiest year ever - topping nine million passengers for the first time in our history and putting us on a trajectory towards 10 million.

“As well as developing our growing route network, we will also continue to invest in our terminal and facilities in 2016 and will shortly unveil details of our terminal redevelopment plan.”