French game brings Edinburgh Airport busiest day

Busiest March for airport.Picture: Ian Georgeson
Busiest March for airport.Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Over 730,000 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, an increase of almost 5% compared to the same period in 2013.

The figures were boosted by the terminal having its busiest ever day with French fans arriving for the Six Nations rugby clash with Scotland.

Domestic passenger numbers increased by 5.3% with 390,734 people flying through the airport. The number of passengers travelling internationally also increased with 343,115 people travelling, an increase of 4.4% from 2013.

Last April’s introduction of six daily services to London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic Little Red has had a direct impact on domestic passenger numbers as these services were not available in March 2013.

The influx of French charter flights for the Six Nations at the beginning of the month, combined with a new daily service to Istanbul from Turkish Airlines and a double daily Lufthansa service to Frankfurt all contributed to the international increase.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ““As we enter the summer season, we’ll continue to work hard to ensure our passengers have the best experience possible. It’s an exciting time, with several major route launches next month and a fantastic summer of events to look forward to.”