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Record May passenger numbers highlight need for Let’s Go Further consultation

Edinburgh Airport has today announced the latest passenger numbers showing 1,111,377 passengers used in the airport in May.

This is 8.5 per cent increase on May 2015, making this the busiest ever May at the airport.

In 2013 and 2014 July and August were million passenger months at Edinburgh Airport.

Last year May, June, July, August, September and October were million passenger months. So Far in 2016 April and May have been million passenger months.

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

“May’s record breaking passenger figures make this another great month at Edinburgh Airport.

“This is great news for Scotland’s connectivity and the economy at large. But being on course for a record seventh consecutive million-passenger months also underlines the need for Edinburgh Airport to adapt so we can accommodate the ever increasing number of people wanting to fly in and out of Scotland’s Capital city.

“We need to modernise and improve Edinburgh Airport in a way that maximises the benefits for all of Scotland and minimises the impact on local communities.

“That is why this week we launched Let’s Go Further - a consultation aimed at gaining responses from the public that will help us inform the design of any potential future flight paths.

“We want everyone to know they have the opportunity to have their say on the positioning of potential future flight path changes.

“As of Monday a leaflet drop to over 640,000 doors commences. We are also targeting 900,000 people through TV advertising of as well as an outdoor advertising campaign in arterial routes across Edinburgh and in national and local newspapers adverts. We’ll also be engaging with community groups to help us have discussions in local communities.

“We are absolutely committed to undertaking a robust and meaningful consultation process.”

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Notes:

Link to consultation document website http://www.letsgofurther.com/

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May16 May15 % Chg on last year
Domestic 448,815 451,154 -0.5%
International 662,562 572,859 +15.7%
Total 1,111,377 1,024,013 +8.5%

Increase in International was mainly due to the new routes that have launched at EDI over the last year.

· easyJet’s new Stuttgart (launched in Nov 15), Vienna and Venice services (launched Feb 16) boosted passenger numbers vs May 2015. More flights operated to Amsterdam, Milan and Berlin.

· Ryanair’s Copenhagen service was new from November 2015. Flights operating to Dublin were fuller, and more flights operated to Barcelona, Alicante, Malta, Palma de Mallorca and Krakow, boosting passenger numbers compared to May 2015

· Etihad operated daily in May 2016, it launched on the 8th June 2015.

· Last May Vueling only operated services to Barcelona, in May 2016 they also operated services to Rome Fiumicino which launched on 29 March (3 per week) and Paris Orly which launched on 12 March 4 per week

· New routes launched included:

o Transavia Paris Orly 22 April 4 per week

o Finnair HelsiRecord May passenger numbers highlight need for Let’s Go Further consultationnki on 18 April up to 5 per week

o Jet2.com Vienna on 29 April 2 per week

o Jet2.com Heraklion on 27 May 2 per week

o Jet2.com Kefalonia on 25 May 1 per week

o Jet2.com Larnaca on 25 May 1 per week

o Jet2.com launched Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in February so these also contributed to strong May growth. These are all new from Jet2 from Edinburgh and are the first of the 12 new routes they launch from EDI this year.

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