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Passenger growth sees Edinburgh Airport jump to sixth in UK

16 March 2010

Edinburgh Airport is now the sixth largest in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, overtaking Birmingham and closing in on its nearest rival Luton.

Figures released yesterday by the CAA show that Edinburgh was the only airport in the top ten to grow in the past 12 months, with passengers increasing by 1.6%. All other airports registered a fall in passenger numbers.

This performance sees the Scottish capital’s airport now ranked sixth, moving ahead of Birmingham in the UK rankings, with over 9 million passengers using the airport in the 12 months to February 2010.

If last year's trends continue, Edinburgh is set to break into the top five in a matter of months. Nearest rival Luton registered over 9m passengers but saw a decline of 8.6% last year.

Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We at Edinburgh Airport are striving to be considered as Scotland’s airport of choice and these figures show how far we have come in achieving that.

“Our reputation for responsiveness and value for money for airlines, combined with a fantastic choice of destinations and of course Edinburgh itself, have all combined to make Edinburgh Airport a fantastic proposition. I’m proud that this has meant growth in what has been an incredibly tough period for aviation.

“We’ll continue to focus on delighting our customers and look forward to more growth in 2010 that will hopefully see us climb to the top 5 UK airports for the first time.”

CAA top ten UK airports, based on passenger numbers in the year ending February 2010 are:

 Airport

 Passengers (Feb 09-Feb 10)

 Percentage change

 Heathrow 

 66,112,873

 -0.4

 Gatwick

 32,320,477 

 -3.8

 Stansted 

 19,820,688 

 -9.6

 Manchester

 18,343,115 

 -11.4

 Luton 

 9,078,235 

 -8.6

 Edinburgh

 9,022,434

 1.6

 Birmingham

 9,014,372 

 -5.4

 Glasgow

 7,139,065 

 -10.6

 Bristol 

 5,659,711 

 -6.6

 Liverpool

 4,956,710 

 -4.4

Notes to Editors

  • February traffic figures for BAA's airports.
  • More than 40 airlines serve 110 destinations from Edinburgh Airport.
  • 11 new services have already been announced to start from Edinburgh in 2010.
  • The full results from the CAA report can be found at caa.co.uk