Edinburgh Airport announces strong traffic figures

Edinburgh Airport announces strong traffic figures

Edinburgh Airport has published traffic figures highlighting impressive growth and a strong social and economic contribution.

Passenger figures for last month rose by 8.7%, to more than a million (1,009,529) and international traffic is performing well, now accounting for more than half of the airport’s traffic. 

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, 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.”

Edinburgh’s strong international growth has been fuelled by the wide choice of destinations it serves, from European cities such as Berlin, Madrid and Stuttgart, to further afield destinations such as Doha and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East.

The airport’s US services also continue to perform strongly.

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% last month, reflecting the strong and growing demand in international traffic.

Dewar said: “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.”