Ryder Cup fans boost airport passenger numbers

Record summer for Edinburgh airport; Picture : Neil Hanna
Record summer for Edinburgh airport; Picture : Neil Hanna
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Golf fans heading to the Ryder Cup helped boost passenger numbers at Scottish airports last month.

Edinburgh Airport saw a 2.9% increase in passengers in September while Glasgow Airport recorded a 2.4% rise.

Aberdeen Airport experienced a 6.8% rise on the previous year, handling 343,951 people over the month.

The capital’s airport handled 987,674 travellers last month and has dealt with more than four million passengers in the four months between June and September - meaning 2014 was its busiest summer ever.

It said the development in long-haul services to the US, Canada and the Middle East has driven the growth.

International passengers rose by 6.3% on 2013, though domestic passenger numbers saw a slight drop of 1.4% following the end of the easyJet service to London Southend.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Summer 2014 has been very successful for us and seeing over four million passengers in as many months is a great achievement. Our teams have been working extremely hard and have delivered some amazing results to help give our passengers the very best experience.

“It’s also been a tremendous summer for Scotland and we should credit the amazing events of the past few months for helping us achieve such high passenger figures. The Ryder Cup saw huge numbers of visitors to Scotland and we had one of our busiest departure days ever on September 29 with all transatlantic flights and connections from Edinburgh full”.