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'More choice' in 2013 following a 'challenging' 2012 for Edinburgh Airport

11 January 2013

Despite a slight dip in year on year passenger numbers for December 2012, Edinburgh Airport is optimistic that it will return to growth in 2013, a year that will see Scotland's busiest airport offer more choice to passengers than ever before.

A total of 580,772 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport in December, a drop of 1.8% compared to the previous year.

Overall, domestic passenger numbers fell by 0.6% and international passenger numbers fell by 3.4%.

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said; "2012 was a challenging year for Edinburgh Airport. It's clear that we lost some momentum at the beginning of the year due to the sales process and the last months of BAA ownership.

"However, I'm delighted that with the work done on new route development since the airport was purchased by GIP, 2013 will see us offer Scottish passengers over 130 routes in 2013. Clearly, I wish to see this figure grow, but it's a fantastic start to the year given what we've been through.

"New routes from easyJet, Ryanair, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic all mean that we will be offering our passengers more choice than ever before."

Passenger numbers for December were:

2012

2011

Change

Domestic

327,765

329,775

-0.6%

International

253,007

261,797

-3.4%

Total

580,772

591,572

-1.8%