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Domestic traffic up at Edinburgh Airport for first time since June 2012

11 December 2012

Edinburgh Airport is today (Tuesday) reporting a year on year rise in domestic traffic in November 2012 after 5 months of performing under last year's totals.

Overall, 631,321 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport in November, a drop of 1.7% on the previous year.

Although domestic traffic has come back to growth, international traffic was down 6.8% in November as the cuts announced by Ryanair early 2012 began to bite.

Edinburgh Airport and Ryanair announced a new deal last week that will see the low cost carrier at Scotland's busiest airport grow its destinations. 6 new destinations were announced last week and Ryanair has announced further new routes to Bremen, Lodz and Poznan to go on sale this week.

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said: "Clearly, I'm happy to see our domestic performance come back into growth, but this is tempered with disappointment at the temporary decline in international traffic. We always knew that Ryanair's cuts would bite and they have.

"That is why last week's deal was a key priority for my team and I. Ryanair is one of our biggest customers and to fall out with a large customer is never good. I'm glad we could work with them to gain trust and understanding to ultimately create a foundation on which we can together deliver more routes for Scotland."

Edinburgh Airport's traffic in November was as follows:

2012

2011

Change

Domestic

386,579

379,435

1.9%

International

244,742

262,676

-6.8%

Total

631,321

642,111

-1.7%