Airport chiefs are preparing for their busiest departure day EVER – as French rugby fans make their way home after a Six Nations clash. More than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly from Edinburgh Airport this Sunday – the most take-offs handled in a single day at the airport.
More than 19,000 passengers are expected to arrive into Edinburgh on Friday alone.
The previous record was set on July 22 last year when a number of cruise ships docking in Leith resulted in a host of departing flights being laid on.
Airport number-crunchers reckon a total of 20,159 passengers will pass through their departure gates – the vast majority of them French rugby supporters in town for Saturday’s Six Nations match at Murrayfield.
Statisticians pore over flight information to forewarn of expected crowds – and the upcoming Easter holidays and the first weekend of summer are also expected to be recordbreakers.
Almost 8000 more passengers than normal will pass through on the day and as a result teams have been working around the clock to ensure plans are in place, with extra buses and taxis laid on and additional check-in desks open.
David Wilson, chief operating officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “This weekend looks set to be a record-breaker for us and we’re looking forward to welcoming the many thousands of passengers into the city over the coming days. We’re working hard to have plans in place ahead of the weekend. A huge increase in passenger numbers in such a short space of time presents a number of challenges, so we’re calling on passengers to be prepared, especially before going through security.
“Due to the airport being extremely busy, passengers may experience some disruption. However, we are working with our airport and city partners to make sure this weekend runs as smoothly as possible.”
The Scottish Motorcycle Show also takes place this Saturday in the nearby Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston so passengers are asked to check in online and allow extra time for travelling.