1.3 million passengers at Edinburgh Airport in August

Gordon Dewar hailed the figures
Gordon Dewar hailed the figures
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A FRINGE boom saw almost 1.3 million passengers pass through Edinburgh Airport in August.

The total was up 11.9 per cent on the same month last year with soaring figures in both international (up 18.4 per cent) and domestic (up 2.1 per cent) traffic.

It comes after the News revealed that the airport had lost responses to its consultation over controversial plans to introduce a new flightpath.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “The success of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – with tickets issued up nearly 8 per cent on 2015 – gives a strong indication of the growing draw of Edinburgh.

“This summer at Edinburgh Airport we have welcomed more people into Scotland than ever before and people at home have better direct links with the rest of the world, this is great news for inbound tourism, the Scottish economy and jobs. This underlines the ongoing work we are doing at Edinburgh Airport to adapt and accommodate the ever increasing number of people wanting to fly in and out of Edinburgh.

“We are currently holding a public consultation on an Airspace Change Project.

“Last week, following the well-publicised loss of some data for which we apologised, we have extended the consultation to September 19.”