Edinburgh Airport saw an increase of more than 13,000 international passengers in March 2013, allowing Scotland’s busiest airport to return to growth following a dip in passenger numbers since September 2012.
The number of international passengers increased by 4.2% compared to 2012, with a total of 328,524 passengers travelling last month. This is the first time since September that positive international growth has been recorded.
The airport saw a combined total of 699,607 passengers passing through the airport, compared to 700,015 in March 2012, a difference of just 0.1%.
Recent airport closures around the UK because of bad weather resulted in a slight drop in domestic passenger numbers. A total of 371,083 domestic passengers passed through the airport, a drop of 3.6% compared to 2012.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "Despite the bad weather, March was a busy month for Edinburgh Airport with a number of new routes launching over the last few weeks. As a result we have seen an increase in the number of international passengers travelling with us and we look forward to this continuing throughout the spring and summer.
"Although we remained open and fully operational, bad weather caused a number of airport closures in other parts of the UK. This naturally caused a slight drop in domestic passengers, even though we did exceed our domestic targets for March.
"Looking forward, the outlook for Edinburgh Airport is good. We expect our traffic to grow as we move to the busy summer months, and we start to see the full positive impact of our new deals with easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair, introducing new routes across the UK, Europe, North America and Canada."
| ||March 2013 ||March 2012 ||Change |
|Domestic ||371,083 |
|384,774 ||-3.6% |
|International ||328,524 ||315,241 ||4.2% |
| || || || |
|699,607 ||700,015 ||-0.1% |