Airport passenger numbers up 8.5 per cent

Passenger figures continue to soar at Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Jane Barlow

Passenger figures continue to soar at Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Jane Barlow

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BUMPER times for Edinburgh Airport have shown no signs of slowing down after passenger figures continued to soar.

The number of travellers passing through the terminal was up 8.5 per cent last month compared with the same period last year, with a total of 685,929 people flying out of Scotland’s busiest airport.

The biggest improvement came in terms of international traffic, with figures increasing by 18.6 per cent to 290,641 people.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We’re delighted that November saw such a high number of passengers travelling through our terminal.

“Last month we delivered what we’ve been promising for some time with the announcement of new long-haul services to America, Canada and the Middle East.

“These will undoubtedly strengthen our route network and provide our passengers with even more choice.”

More than 9.7 million passengers have passed through Edinburgh Airport so far this year. A £25 million extension is being built at the Ingliston site and will be finished by 2015.