Edinburgh Airport has record July passenger numbers

Three-year-old Joshua Peacockat Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Three-year-old Joshua Peacockat Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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EDINBURGH Airport has 
witnessed its busiest ever July with 1.2 million passengers.

The number of travellers passing through the terminal increased by 10.3 per cent in July compared with last year.

Bosses at the airport, which has struggled with chronic security queues, said last month’s high passenger numbers were “a phenomenal achievement but it hasn’t come easily”.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Our teams have worked hard to help passengers on their journey and we’re continuing to work hard to give our passengers the service they expect.

“It was only two years ago we broke our first million passenger month and now in our peak we’ve grown by 20 per cent.

“This is really pleasing, but it’s clear we’re going to have to invest further for next year as we anticipate more growth.”

The extra passengers included golf fans heading for the Open at St Andrews, 
Ryanair’s restored Stansted services and more frequent British Airways and Flybe flights to London City.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Airport saw its busiest July for seven years, with passenger numbers rising by 13.7 per cent to 956,000. Glasgow’s increase was its seventh month in a row of more than ten per cent growth.

The extra passengers travelled on WestJet’s new route to Halifax in Nova Scotia and Wizz Air’s new Budapest 
service. Last week, airport trade body ACI Europe named Glasgow as one of the continent’s fastest growing airports during the first half of this year.

Managing director Amanda McMillan said Glasgow had had “exceptional growth” in 2015 .

She said: “July has also been rewarding from a route development perspective, with EasyJet announcing a new service to the fashion capital Milan, and Balkan Holidays unveiling details of a new service to Varna in Bulgaria.”

Edinburgh Airport’s good news came only a week after chief operating officer David Wilson announced he was leaving his role.

Mr Wilson had overseen the airport’s troubled new 
£25 million security hall.

He had headed up security during months of chaos in the much-heralded extension and was forced to apologise for a host of snags earlier this 
summer.

Staff were surprised after being told Mr Wilson had left the airport “under mutual agreement”.

Last year, though the airport had been heavily criticised for delays, bosses had seen their pay packets swell, according to the latest annual report.

The highest-paid director at Scotland’s busiest airport – understood to be chief executive Gordon Dewar – received a total remuneration of £547,000 in 2014, an increase of 55 per cent on the previous year, including a £31,000 pension contribution.

Total directors’ remuneration grew to £650,000, up from £510,000 a year earlier.

Pre-tax profits rose to 
£22.8 million in the year to the end of December.

alastair.dalton@jpress.co.uk