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.”