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Edinburgh Airport motivated for the future despite drop in February passenger figures

11 March 2013

Edinburgh Airport is looking forward to a bumper spring and summer in 2013, with a number of new routes launching in the next few weeks.

This is despite a drop in passenger numbers last month, a knock-on from the extra day in February last year which has impacted some domestic services.

A total of 563,900 people passed through Scotland's busiest airport last month, a drop of 7.8% compared to the previous year, taking into account the additional day in February 2012. Comparing like for like passengers for both 2013 and 2012, Edinburgh Airport saw a drop of 4.7%.

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said: "Despite this reduction, last month's passenger figures hide good performances from a number of airlines, all of which saw traffic increases.

"We have worked hard to overcome the challenges we faced in 2012 and have secured new destinations for our passengers. Both Ryanair and easyJet are launching six new routes in the coming weeks.

"April will also see the launch of Little Red, the new Virgin Atlantic service from Edinburgh to London Heathrow. This is hugely exciting and will help redress the shortfall of domestic services impacted by the extra day in February last year."

  Feb 2013 (1-28) Feb 2012 (1-29) Change
Domestic 322,701 343,989 -6.2%
International 241,215 267,593 -9.8%
       

Total

563,916 611,582 -7.8%