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Easter getaways see 4.9% boost to Edinburgh Airport's April passenger numbers

A strong performance during this year’s Easter period helped Edinburgh Airport enjoy an increase of almost 5% in April passenger numbers.

Last month saw a total of 842,372 people travel through Edinburgh Airport – a rise of 4.9% on the same period in 2013. Domestic travel saw an increase of 5.5% with 388,160 passengers and international passenger numbers also enjoyed an increase of 4.5% with 454,212 people travelling in April.

With school Easter holidays falling fully in April, this meant many families were able to travel on Good Friday, compared to last year when the Easter weekend was the last weekend of March.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "Easter is always a busy time as it marks the start of the summer season.

"We enjoyed strong performances both domestically and internationally last month, with Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red service to London Heathrow seeing a strong performance.

"The introduction of new easyJet services to Bodrum and Heraklion, Turkish Airlines adding a new daily flight to Istanbul and Lufthansa’s new twice daily service to Frankfurt all contributed to a healthy rise in international passengers. Last month also saw the launch of Scandinavian Airlines’ new routes to Oslo and Stavanger. The airline has also increased to four weekly services to Stockholm.

"May is going to be an extremely busy and exciting month with four major new route launches taking place over the coming weeks. First to launch is Edelweiss with a fantastic new service to Zurich. It’s then time for the highly-anticipated launch of United Airlines’ new service to Chicago, US Airways’ new direct route to Philadelphia and Qatar Airways launching Edinburgh’s first direct link to the Middle East."

  2014 2013 Change
Domestic 388,160 368,096 5.5%
International 454,212 434,676 4.5%
Total 842,372 802,772 4.9%