The number of international passengers passing through Edinburgh Airport soared by 14.1% during the busiest September on record at the terminal.
1,291,640 passengers used Edinburgh Airport in September – up 8.4% on the same month last year.
It’s the 6 month in a row that more than one million passengers have passed through Edinburgh Airport.
International passengers continued the upward trend as services to Europe and further afield, such as New York, also proving popular.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said:
“The fact that international passengers are driving continued growth is an indication of the global appeal that Edinburgh and Scotland has – people want to say they’ve been here and experienced our culture, our history and all the other fantastic things we have to offer.
“It also shows that we have a variety of destinations that people want to go to, be that a weekend break in Geneva, a sightseeing trip to New York or a family holiday to Fuerteventura.
“And our domestic numbers remain strong, which highlights the healthy passenger mix that we have at Edinburgh Airport.
“We’re constantly looking to add more options for passengers, such as the new Washington DC route from next summer, and we’re investing in improved facilities for passengers so we can accommodate increasing demand.”
International passenger numbers were up due to the following:
• Ryanair’s six new routes to Milan Bergamo, Girona, Port, Vigo and Warsaw Modlin which launched in March and the new three per week service to Eindhoven, which launched on the 1st of September.
• Overall more people flew with easyJet with more flights operating to city destinations such as Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Basel and Prague. Bilbao was launched on 30th April and has proved popular with the Edinburgh market.
• Jet2 operated more services to Palma, Ibiza, Faro and Las Palmas. Destinations launched since last summer Girona, Thessaloniki, Almeria, Fuerteventura, Murcia and Naples all proved popular.
• More passengers travelled between Oslo and Edinburgh with Norwegian as more flights operated and the aircraft were fuller than last year. The new services to Stewart International (New York), Providence Rhode Island and Bradley International (Hartford/Connecticut) proved popular.
• Eurowings launched a new 6 per week service to Munich in March to join its services to Cologne and Dusseldorf.
• Stobart air increased services to Dublin.