Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers up 5 per cent

Edinburgh Airport enjoyed a 5 per cent boost over Easter. Picture: Jon Savage
Edinburgh Airport enjoyed a 5 per cent boost over Easter. Picture: Jon Savage
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EDINBURGH airport saw a 5 per cent boost to Easter passenger numbers with around 840,000 travellers passing through the terminal.

Airport bosses credit Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red service to London Heathrow and the introduction of new easyJet services to Bodrum and Heraklion as contributing to the increase.

And they said Turkish Airlines’ new daily flight to Istanbul and Lufthansa’s new twice daily service to Frankfurt all contributed to a healthy rise in international passengers.

Last month also saw the launch of Scandinavian Airlines’ new routes to Oslo and Stavanger. The airline has also increased to four weekly services to Stockholm.

Last month saw a total of 842,372 people travel through Edinburgh Airport – a rise of 4.9% on the same period in 2013.

Domestic travel saw an increase of 5.5% with 388,160 passengers and international passenger numbers also enjoyed an increase of 4.5% with 454,212 people travelling in April.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Easter is always a busy time as it marks the start of the summer season.

“May is going to be an extremely busy and exciting month with four major new route launches taking place over the coming weeks. First to launch is Edelweiss with a fantastic new service to Zurich. It’s then time for the highly-anticipated launch of United Airlines’ new service to Chicago, US Airways’ new direct route to Philadelphia and Qatar Airways launching Edinburgh’s first direct link to the Middle East.”