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Strong domestic performance in January sees an 11% rise in Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers

Passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport increased by over 11% in January, with a surge in domestic traffic seeing over 580,000 passengers travel through the terminal.

A total of 586,184 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, an increase of 11.5% compared to January 2013. The airport saw a total of 321,502 domestic passengers, up 9.4% on the previous year.

International traffic saw an increase of 14.3% on January 2013, with a total of 264,682 passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, said: "We've enjoyed a strong start to 2014 with our domestic carriers seeing a steady increase in passenger numbers in January.

"The introduction of Virgin Atlantic's Little Red service to Heathrow has seen an extra 25,000 passengers travel through Edinburgh Airport compared to the same time last year.

"We've also performed well internationally, with Lufthansa doubling their daily service to Frankfurt during the winter season and the new European services from easyJet seeing their passenger numbers increase 12% from January 2013.

"We've hit the ground running for 2014 and are gearing up for what promises to be a very busy few months, with thousands of French rugby fans arriving in March and over a dozen new routes launching in the spring. We're confident we can continue to provide our passengers with a great airport experience."

2014 2013 Change
Domestic 321,502 293,979 9.40%
International 264,682 231,658 14.30%
Total 586,184 525,637 11.50%

The moving annual total for the year ending January 2014 was 9,839,000.