A summer to remember as August sees another million passengers pass through Edinburgh Airport
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Edinburgh Airport has had its busiest summer on record with August also seeing more than one million people travelling through the airport – a rise of 10.6% on the previous year.
Scotland's busiest airport saw a total of 1,035,997 people pass through its terminal in August – the second busiest month ever after reporting a figure of almost 1.1 million in July.
Domestic passenger and international passenger numbers for August increased by 10.5% and 10.6% respectively compared to the same period in 2012.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "What a summer we've had. We were over the moon to see one million passengers in July but to report the same record breaking milestone in August is fantastic.
"We want to thank everyone involved in helping us pass the two million mark, especially the passengers who have travelled with us over the summer. I also want to recognise the hard work of my team, our airlines, business partners and handling agents throughout this very busy time.
"The ever-increasing popularity of the Edinburgh summer festivals, coupled with the good weather, has obviously continued to attract visitors from all over the world to Scotland's capital. It's great to think that we've welcomed enough passengers over the last two months to fill all 67,800 seats of Murrayfield stadium 30 times – roughly the population of Houston, Texas.
"We can't be complacent however and if we're to continue to grow and make million passenger months a usual occurrence we need to invest. We've committed £150m in doing just that with our £25m security hall expansion starting construction in October."
Edinburgh Airport's performance in August can be broken down as follows:
The moving annual total of passenger numbers for the year since August 2012 (01 September 2012 to 31 August 2013) was 9,516,442. This is an increase of 2.6% year on year.