Edinburgh Airport prepares for Christmas rush

Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Edinburgh Airport is gearing up for the Christmas rush, with ore than 130,000 people are expected to fly in and out of the Capital next week.

A total of 130,409 passengers are expected to arrive and depart the airport between December 22 and 28.

Almost 60,000 people will arrive into Edinburgh during this time, with just under 73,000 departing.

As well as crowds flocking to the city for the winter festival, plenty of residents are heading off to the sun, with Tenerife, Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote and Malaga the top five destinations.

Within the UK, flights to London and Bristol are busiest, with many passengers travelling to see family and friends.

And ahead of the rush passengers were again reminded to think about security when packing - with toy guns, jars of jam and even snow confiscated by security teams in previous years.

Passengers were advised to make sure all liquids in hand luggage were under 100ml, especially gifts.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “The festive season is always an exciting time for us with hundreds of thousands of people expected to travel through the airport over the coming weeks.

“Many of our passengers will be flying off to escape the Scottish weather and spend the festive season in sunnier climes but the majority will be staying in the UK and travelling to visit friends and

family.

“We’ve had a very successful year at Edinburgh Airport with more passengers travelling through our terminal than ever before, we’re confident we’ll exceed the 10 million mark during the festive

season.

“We want to thank all our passengers who have travelled with us in 2014 and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.”