Edinburgh Airport sees 7% passenger rise

Edinburgh Airport gets 2015 off to a good start. Picture: Toby Williams
Edinburgh Airport gets 2015 off to a good start. Picture: Toby Williams
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EDINBURGH Airport today revealed it had got 2015 off to a good start with a seven per cent rise in passenger numbers in January compared with the previous year.

Domestic and international traffic was both up, mainly due to new services which were not in place last year.

A total of 628,285 people travelled through the airport last month.

Domestic passengers were up by 7.2 per cent in January to a total of 344,840.

Most of the increase was thanks to Ryanair’s new three-times-a-day service to London Stansted and BA Cityflyer’s London City service which is now operating 12 times a day.

International passenger numbers rose by 7.1 per cent to 283,445, largely due to Ryanair’s new four-times-a-day service to Dublin, increased capacity on Paris Charles De Gaulle with AirFrance’s HOP! service, as well as Qatar Airways’ five flights per week to Doha which started in May.

The airport said that after a record-breaking year in 2014, it was confident this year would be just as successful with several new routes due to launch this spring.

These include Etihad Airways’ first route between Scotland and Abu Dhabi and a new service to Madrid with Iberia.

Last month the airport announced a new £50 million airside investment plan which will see a new immigration facility and more aircraft stands created, tripling the capacity for larger aircraft over the coming years.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We’ve started 2015 with a spring in our step and a renewed focus on what we want to deliver for our passengers.

“We saw a great performance from our new domestic services last month, with more new routes launching this spring, and are continuing to develop our facilities for passengers and airlines. The next few months will be an exciting time for our airport.”