New routes drive up airport traffic

Edinburgh Airport May figures up.Picture : Jane Barlow

Edinburgh Airport May figures up.Picture : Jane Barlow

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New international routes helped drive an increase in passenger numbers at Edinburgh airport last month.

A total of 517,543 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport to international destinations in May, a 5.7% increase on the previous year.

The airport said this was largely due to the launch of a number of new routes last month, including easyJet’s services to Bodrum, Turkey, and Heraklion, Greece, Jet2’s service to Verona, Italy, and Swiss carrier Edelweiss’s flight to Zurich.

Three long-haul routes also launched, linking the airport with Chicago and Philadelphia in the US and Doha in Qatar.

A total of 937,093 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, a 3.5% increase on May 2013.