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11.8% increase in international traffic fuels 'best ever' May for Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport experienced its busiest May ever as it welcomed over 906,000 passengers through its doors last month. This was a rise of 7.4% compared to the same time last year.

International traffic was up 11.8%, driven by new services from easyJet and Ryanair with domestic traffic also up by 2.7% with strong performances from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Little Red to Heathrow.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "When we bought Edinburgh Airport in June last year, we were very clear about the issues we faced and how we were going to tackle them. The team here has put in a tremendous amount of work and in May we saw all of that work bear fruit.

"The increase in domestic traffic is particularly pleasing in what is an incredibly competitive marketplace.

"We understand that this is a team game and through this team work we can all contribute to making Edinburgh Airport a success. So we’ll continue to work in partnership with our airlines and our City and Scottish Government colleagues to help the airlines make a success of their routes to and from Edinburgh. That drives the passenger numbers we see here and gives me confidence that we can maintain this performance through what promises to be a very busy summer indeed."

Edinburgh Airport has added 18 new destinations since its change of ownership and taking the total to over 130. A new service to Toronto with Air Canada Rouge commences in early July.

  2013 2012 Change
Domestic 415,899 404,820 2.7%
International 490,780 439,109 11.8%


906,679 843,929 7.4%