Edinburgh Airport has become the 5th largest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers according to figures released from the CAA.
Consistent growth since the airport’s best ever month in July has seen Scotland’s main airport overtake Birmingham and Luton to break into the UK’s top five for the first time.
Comparisons of the UK’s top airports show that despite being more severely affected than Luton and Birmingham by ash and the BA strikes in April and May of this year, Edinburgh's year on year growth has recovered more quickly.
Passenger numbers were steady from June onwards picking up from August with modest growth being predicted month on month well into 2011.
This performance sees the Scottish capital’s airport now move into the upper league of UK airports, a position it is likely to consolidate over coming months.
Kevin Brown, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, said:
“This is fantastic news for Edinburgh and its airport and reflects the status of the Capital as a major European destination.
“It underlines Edinburgh’s importance to Scotland and the UK as a whole and can only assist us as we compete across Europe to bring more flights to Scotland
“I believe this success is built on two main factors - our reputation as a responsive and ambitious airport with which to do business and of course Edinburgh itself. This combination makes Edinburgh Airport a fantastic proposition and is the key to our 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 2011that will see us cement our position the top 5 UK airports for some time to come.”
The top five UK airports, based on passenger numbers in the year ending October 2010 are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Edinburgh.