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Edinburgh Airport calls on passengers to be prepared as it gears up for busiest departure day ever

05 March 2014

More than 20,000 passengers are expected to take off from Edinburgh Airport this Sunday making it the busiest departure day ever for the airport.

A total of 20,159 passengers are scheduled to fly out of Edinburgh Airport on Sunday following a huge influx of French rugby supporters travelling to Scotland ahead of the Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday. Over 19,000 passengers are expected to arrive into Edinburgh on Friday alone.

Almost 8,000 extra passengers than normal will leave Edinburgh on Sunday and airport teams have been working around the clock to ensure plans and procedures are in place to make the passenger journey as efficient as possible.

Passengers are encouraged to check in online if possible and allow extra time for travelling as roads will be busier. An event will also be held at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston on Saturday and Sunday which will contribute to congestion on routes in and around the airport.

All liquids in hand luggage should be 100ml or less and fit inside a clear plastic bag before going through security. Preparing for security is hugely important as it reduces the amount of time spent in the search area and improves passenger flow.

Temporary changes will also be made to bus operations at the airport on Sunday. The Lothian Buses 35 service and the Jet747 Fife service will be picking up and dropping off from the outer forecourt. The Airlink 100 service will be unaffected.

David Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: "This weekend looks set to be a record breaker for us and we're looking forward to welcoming the many thousands of passengers into the city over the coming days.

"We're working hard to get ready and have plans in place ahead of the weekend. A huge increase in passenger numbers like this, in such a short space of time, presents a number of challenges, so we're calling on passengers to be prepared, especially before going through security.

"Due to the airport being extremely busy, passengers may experience some disruption. However, we are working with our airport and city partners to make sure this weekend runs as smoothly as possible."

More information on liquid regulations can be found at edinburghairport.com/prepare

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