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Edinburgh Airport, Fastest growing airport in the UK

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Page last updated: 10th Mar 2017 - 12:17 PM

New research shows that Edinburgh Airport is officially the fastest growing airport in the UK, when looking at passenger numbers travelling internationally.

From 2015-2016, the airport saw a 21% growth in international passenger numbers, which helped catapult it towards the leading position in the Civil Aviation Authority’s table of UK airports.

Thanks to the recent expansion, which includes 200 new routes, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar, said: “This expansion of routes in and out of Edinburgh Airport generates more growth for Scotland’s economy and creates work and leisure opportunities for people and businesses. “We have a healthy equilibrium of inbound and outbound passengers with the most balanced mix of any UK airport outside London. “The blend of increasing long haul routes, the enhanced choice to destinations across Europe and an unrivalled range of services to London and domestic locations has proved to be a winning combination. “This growth reinforces the strength and appeal of Edinburgh as a destination and the global draw of Scotland, giving us greater confidence as we look to the future.”

Further plans emerged in November, highlighting Edinburgh’s plans for a second runway as well as expansion to building facilities. Airport bosses claimed that the original & rarely-used second runway in place at the moment would be closed for temporary work to expand facilities to allow for an increase in passenger use.

The Airport saw 11,114,587 passenger pass through their facilities in 2015, with its busiest domestic and international routes being Heathrow, Stansted, Amsterdam and Dublin. Hopefully the changes to facilities, combined with the new passenger routes will bring an even greater level of passengers to the site in 2017!

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Edinburgh Airport has new plans to expand!

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Page last updated: 6th Dec 2016 - 04:29 PM

Edinburgh Airport has plans to expand its facilities! They have launched a consultation period which will be open for 6 weeks, to allow the public to provide their feedback on the details of the proposed development between now and 2040 The new plans look to concentrate on improving ground operations opposed to implementing new routes or alter the flight paths. With increased opposition from environmental campaigners, specific changes have been released such as enlarging terminal buildings and aircraft parking plans. The airport also aims to improve access to the site with the suggestion of a new road which will act as a link to the Gogar Roundabout.

The plans are thanks to the 20% increase in passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport which are expected to rise a further 18% from 11.1 million to 13.1 million by 2020. The existing terminal building and runway were built in 1977, when the airport had less than one million passengers per year.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said: "At Edinburgh Airport our passenger numbers have grown more in the past three years than they did in the 10 years previous.

"We've grown by one million passengers each year since 2012. We've grown our route network, serving more destinations and working with more airlines than ever.

Edinburgh Airport which took the crown of busiest airport of 2015, saw 11.1 million passengers pass through its facilities last year, an increase on 2014 which saw 9.4 million. Therefore, to no surprise the Scottish airport was the 5th busiest airport in the UK in 2015 with top domestic and international destinations being London Heathrow and Amsterdam.

Director Colin Howden said: "Aviation is the most polluting form of transport and one that threatens Scotland's ability to meet its climate change commitments.

"The aviation industry thinks it should be allowed to expand without restraint and without regard for Scotland's international commitments, instead expecting that other parts of the economy should bear the responsibility for cutting emissions while its growth is allowed to continue unfettered."

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Edinburgh Airport’s 11.9% passenger increase in August

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Page last updated: 12th Sep 2016 - 04:27 PM

Edinburgh Airport have revealed that August was the 5th consecutive month where passenger numbers exceeded 1 million, a trend that began in April. August also marked a great year on year growth pattern as passenger numbers were up 11.9% over the same month the year before, reaching 1,296,189. As well as that, International passenger numbers increased by 18.4 per cent year-on-year to 819,218 and domestic passenger numbers rose by 2.1 per cent to 476,971.

International passenger numbers were supported by 11 new routes from Jet2, as well as new routes to Reykjavik, Vienna, Venice, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Paris Orly, Barcelona, Rome Fiumicino and Alicante.

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said:
“The success of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe - with tickets issued up nearly eight per cent on 2015 - gives a strong indication of the growing draw of Edinburgh.

“This summer at Edinburgh Airport we have welcomed more people into Scotland than ever before and people at home have better direct links with the rest of the world, this is great news for inbound tourism, the Scottish economy and jobs.

“This underlines the ongoing work we are doing at Edinburgh Airport to adapt and accommodate the ever increasing number of people wanting to fly in and out of Edinburgh.”

Last week, officials from Edinburgh Airport claimed that they were to extend its flight path consultation by 1 week after revealing 199 pieces of data submitted between 10:31am on Monday August 29 and 12:05 pm Friday 2 September, “were not saved during a planned upgrade” of the public consultation web portal.

Mr Dewar said: “Last week, following the well-publicised loss of some data for which we apologised, we have extend the consultation by an additional week; and I encourage as many people in Edinburgh, West Lothian, Fife, Falkirk and beyond to give us their feedback before the consultation closes on September 19.”

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Edinburgh Airport celebrates opening 100 years ago today

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Page last updated: 2nd Mar 2016 - 12:15 PM

Scotland’s busiest airport is celebrating their 100th year of being open today. It was on this day in 1916 that Edinburgh Airport opened as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, named Turnhouse, which was a key base for the military in WW1. It was opened commercially in the 1940s, with the new terminal being opened to the public in 1977.

Of course, back in the 1940s, it was a much smaller airport. Passenger numbers were at a mere 7,000 people. This is a massive difference to the 11.1 million people who passed through the airport last year.

Edinburgh airport plans to celebrate by involving the local children in competitions and giveaways. They also plan to celebrate with a massive party for the staff who work there. The Chief Executive Gordon Dewar explained to BBC News “How time flies when you're having fun.” Let's hope that the passenger numbers continue to soar as they have been and that Edinburgh Airport can continue to enjoy many more Birthdays to come.

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Edinburgh Airport is set for busiest year ever

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Page last updated: 14th Dec 2015 - 12:30 PM

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have seen a significant rise in passengers in the recent months. This is said to be due to more international routes being added from both of the airports. The figures suggest that Edinburgh will go on to have its most successful year ever on record, whereas Glasgow will have its best year since 2008.

Gordon Dewar, the Chief Executive at Edinburgh airport told BBC News "These exceptionally strong figures represent our busiest-ever November... a quiet month in air travel - on a par with what many other regional airports do at the peak of summer.”

The figures released by the airport state that the airport in Scotland’s capital city saw 794,792 passengers in November alone. At Glasgow airport, they welcomed 618,583 passengers through their doors, which is a 7.7% annual increase.

So, how have they achieved it? They certainly have been striving for passenger satisfaction. They have been offering plenty of new international routes, as well as national ones and on top of that have been trying to improve the experience for the customers. By doing this, they are not only adding to the airport’s economic growth, but the economic growth of Scotland as a whole. Edinburgh enters its 50th Anniversary year in 2016, which they are looking forward to entering on a high.

Glasgow is also working hard to improve upon their successes. Glasgow's managing director Amanda McMillan said she hopes there will be further new routes added before the end of the year, making Glasgow airport the place to fly to, and making Scotland the place to visit!

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Sparkling new terminal building in the works for Edinburgh Airport

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Page last updated: 9th Feb 2015 - 04:11 PM

Edinburgh Airport is undergoing a great new expansion plan. The terminal building is on the move with plans for it to take the area that was the airport’s coach park. The new terminal building will have a new security hub, much larger and more user-friendly than the current one. The whole aim is to make Edinburgh Airport more capable of competing on an international scale and bring Scotland to a global audience.

The £150 million plan was announced in 2013, with phase one including a new security hall and temporary arrangements for an arrivals, immigration and baggage hall. A new retail centre will also be included in the upcoming works.

The new terminal will increase the Airport’s capacity and ability to deal with large aircraft and more long-haul routes. We look forward to seeing how this turns out!

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Scotland’s largest airports have enjoyed increased passenger numbers, with Edinburgh and Aberdeen having their busiest year ever, and Glasgow having its busiest in several years.

Edinburgh Airport saw an increase of 6.3 per cent in 2013 with almost 9.8 million people passing through. These figures make Edinburgh the fifth busiest airport in the UK and in terms of airport passenger numbers, the third biggest in the UK, following London and Manchester.

Aberdeen Airport also celebrated its busiest ever year, with 3.48 million people passing through, a 3.79 per cent rise on the previous year. Of those, 517,526 were helicopter passengers. The previous record of 3.43 million in 2007 was just prior to the economic downturn.

The addition of airlines such as Wizz Air and Lufthansa Regional and their new routes contributed to the growth of international traffic. Continued strong performance from the airport's long haul carriers Emirates, United and Virgin Atlantic, contributed to the reported growth of 2013 as well.

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest year since 2008, with 7.4 million passengers passing through in 2013, an annual increase of 2.9 per cent.

Airport officials see this as representative of a recovery from the recession which hit the whole of the UK aviation sector. This number growth suggests renewed confidence amongst airlines and passengers, but many airlines are still operating in what remains a difficult economic environment.

There may be more records broken this year. The biggest sporting event in Scotland's history, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be bringing an unprecedented number of travellers to Glasgow this summer.

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Edinburgh is 'Best in Europe'

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Page last updated: 6th Jul 2011 - 02:24 PM

Edinburgh Airport has run away with the 'Best Airport' trophy at the ACI Europe Awards, shrugging off competition from six other hubs, including Birmingham, Cologne in Germany, and Marseille in France.

Held at the Estoril Congress Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, the ACI Europe Awards reward “excellence and achievement” in the aviation industry. Participants are nominated in one of four groupings according to the number of travellers handled at the airport during the previous year. Edinburgh, with annual traffic in the region of 8.5m, featured in the ‘Best Airport - 5-10m Passengers’ category.

“The airport excels in all the key areas of operations”, explained a press release on the ACI Europe website. “However, the judges singled (Edinburgh) out for the dedication of its management and staff.” Kevin Brown, Edinburgh’s managing director, said that he was “particularly pleased” that airport workers were responsible for the hub’s success in Lisbon. Mr. Brown noted that Edinburgh had battled volcanic ash, snow, and industrial action to emerge victorious at the awards ceremony.

Struggling airport, Bournemouth, stole the award in the ‘1-5m Passengers’ contest, while Antalya Airport in Turkey was the victor in the ‘10-25m Passengers’ category. Representatives from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, a “model in terms of efficiency”, returned to Holland with the ‘Best Airport – Over 25m Passengers’ award.

An ‘Eco-Innovation Award’, won by Zurich Airport, and a ‘WBP Recognition Award’, which rewards individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the aviation industry, were also contested this year. The latter accolade was claimed by Harry Diehl, former executive of German retail firm, Gebr. Heinemann.

The 2011 ACI Europe Awards, held on June 17, has been running for seven years.

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Ryanair to cull winter flights

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Page last updated: 15th Jun 2011 - 02:42 PM

Michael O’Leary’s airline, Ryanair, is to make sweeping cuts to its winter services at a number of UK airports, including Prestwick and Edinburgh in Scotland, and Stansted Airport in Essex. The move, announced earlier this month, means that 9 of 32 destinations from Edinburgh, and 3 of 15 from Prestwick, will not be available during winter 2011.

Given that Michael O’Leary is a vocal critic of the Air Passenger Duty, it should come as no surprise that Ryanair has cited the tax as the impetus for the winter flight cull. “UK airports continue to suffer from high tourist taxes, which continue to make Scottish destinations uncompetitive”, explained Lesley Kane, sales chief at Ryanair.

Edinburgh Airport stands to lose flights to Berlin in Germany, Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, Marrakech in Morocco, Tallinn in Estonia, and Turin in Italy. The flights are not presently offered by any other airline at Edinburgh, forcing passengers to travel to Glasgow Airport for routes to Berlin, Turin, and Malta, to Manchester for flights to Marrakech, and to Luton or East Midlands Airport for a trip to Tallinn.

Bosses at the Turnhouse hub were unfazed, however, stating “...we're confident that we will continue to add routes and mirror the growth from this year."

At Prestwick Airport, O’Leary’s axe will fall on routes to Girona in Spain, Salzburg in Austria, and to London Stansted. The cull marks the second time in as many years that Ryanair has reduced its winter programme at Prestwick, which will no doubt have officials pondering the airport’s overreliance on the blue and yellow airline.

Ryanair, one of just two ‘true’ airlines at Prestwick, will provide 12 of the total 16 routes available at the Scottish airport this winter. The remaining four destinations are offered by WizzAir, and package holiday companies, Atlantic Holidays and Holidays4U. Curiously, Iain Cochrane, boss at the Ayrshire hub, was “delighted” with Ryanair’s winter schedule, despite the loss of three routes.

O'Leary plans to ground 80 Ryanair planes in winter 2011, in a bid to offset the costs incurred from the rising price of oil.

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Edinburgh battles the elements

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Page last updated: 1st Jun 2011 - 04:29 PM

While weather conditions often cause delays and cancellations at UK airports, few could have anticipated the chaos that “fierce winds” visited upon the Firth of Forth at the end of last month. In separate incidents on May 23 and 24, strong winds uprooted trees, damaged buildings, and tore the roof from a walkway at Edinburgh Airport.

The walkway, located in the southeast pier of the hub’s main terminal, leads to an area of the airport occupied by Flybe and Ryanair. The two carriers, which offer 18 and 36 flights from Edinburgh, respectively, operate departure lounges adjacent to the walkway. However, airport bosses say that passengers beneath the damaged roof were never in any danger.

Outside, on the airport’s runway, a fire engine was used to ‘shield’ planes from roof fragments, while five inbound aircraft were diverted to other airports. High winds were blamed for the cancellation of almost 90 departures and arrivals at Edinburgh on Monday last week. Wind speeds are alleged to have reached 80mph, or category 12 (hurricane force) on the Beaufort scale.

The British Red Cross says that 400 people were delayed or stranded overnight by the blustery weather and the eruption of Icelandic volcano, Grimsvotn, which grounded flights from KLM, British Airways (BA), Aer Lingus, and Ryanair on Tuesday, last week. Speaking about the cancellations, a BA spokesperson said that the flag-carrier would "never operate a flight unless it was safe to do so".

Red Cross officials referred to the situation as a “combination of freak weather conditions” that produced “lots of tired and cold families”.

Edinburgh, along with Aberdeen, Newcastle, Durham, and several other airports in the UK, has only recently been granted a reprieve from the threat of disruption, after fears about the return of Grimsvotn’s ash cloud persisted over the bank holiday weekend. The volcano ceased its grumbling on Saturday morning, though reports of Grimsvotn’s slumber did not surface until the following Monday.

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