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March passenger figures: 37.6 per cent international growth

Edinburgh Airport has today announced the latest passenger numbers showing 927,200 people passed through the airport last month, making it the busiest March ever.

The greatest increase was in International passenger numbers: up from 358,450 last year to 493,200 this year – which represents a leap of 37.6 per cent.

Welcoming March’s passenger figures Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, said:

“These record breaking passenger figures from March underline Edinburgh Airport’s growing international ambitions and are very welcome indeed.

“We have seen a massive increase of 37.6 % in the number of international passengers and this highlights the ever-increasing draw of Edinburgh as a destination. This growth not only creates new jobs but offers greater international links for this city and for all of Scotland.

“Offering greater choice is key to our success. In conjunction with our partner airlines we are continuing to offer new routes and more destinations – and passengers are responding by flying in and out of Edinburgh directly in greater numbers than ever before.

“A recent independently prepared economic impact study shows Edinburgh Airport contributes £1 billion annually to Scotland’s economy; this proves that success at Edinburgh Airport is good news for the whole country and we plan to keep offering even greater choice and delivering even more success.”

ENDS

Notes:

March 2016

March 2015

% Chg on last year

Domestic

434,078

433,099

+0.2%

International

493,122

358,450

+37.6%

Total

927,200

791,549

+17.1%

Increase in International was mainly due to:

  • Across all airlines, aircraft flying to Europe were carrying more passengers than last March.
  • easyJet’s new Stuttgart (launched in Nov 15), Vienna and Venice services (launched Feb 16) boosted passenger numbers. In particular more passengers travelled to Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan Madrid and Munich.
  • Ryanair Santander now operates year round (in 2015 it was a summer only route) this boosted March passenger numbers, Copenhagen was new from November 2015. Twice as many flights operated to Alicante and Malaga this March compared to last.
  • Last March Qatar Airways operated Edinburgh- Doha 5 times a week, it now flies daily. Etihad did not operate in March 2015, it flew 5 times per week this March.
  • New routes launched since last year which boosted passenger numbers include Iberia Express to Madrid, Norwegian to Malaga and Tenerife and Etihad’s service to Abu Dhabi.
  • Jet2.com launched Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in February so these also contributed to strong March growth. These are all new from Jet2 from Edinburgh and are the first of the 12 new routes they launch from EDI this year.

Further notes:

Economic Impact Study of Edinburgh Airport

http://www.biggareconomics.co.uk/recentpublications.html

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