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International traffic up as domestic carrier uncertainty continues to hit Edinburgh

The uncertainty in the domestic aviation market has continued to impact on Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers in August.

936,700 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport in August, a drop of 1.9% on the previous year.

As with the year on year drop over the summer months, the drop can be attributed to a combination of factors affecting the domestic market

Service reductions with some carriers and continuing uncertainty around the demise of bmi continue affect numbers.  

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said: “August has continued to see the same issues that affected passenger flows throughout the summer. It’s a small percentage but with the interest in the slots for Heathrow from airlines such as Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus, I’m confident the uncertainty will be resolved.

“Our international performance, given the economic conditions, is fantastic. Our new route to Istanbul and the strength of Schiphol as a hub are really driving this area forward.”

Edinburgh Airport’s traffic in August was as follows:

  2012 2011 Change
Domestic 394,900 425,500 -7.2%
International 541,800 529,000 2.4%
Total 936,700 954,500 -1.9%