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Increase in domestic traffic drives strong March growth for Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport enjoyed a 6.8% increase in passenger numbers in March with over 790,000 people travelling through the airport last month.

A total of 791,975 people flew in and out of Scotland’s busiest airport in March. Both domestic and international passenger numbers also saw a strong increase.

Domestic passenger numbers rose by 8.7% in March with 432,935 people travelling throughout the UK.

Driving this growth was Ryanair’s new Stansted service which now flies up to four times per day, as does the new Flybe service to London City and BA Cityflyer’s increased frequency to London City, now flying up to 12 times per day.

International traffic also increased by 4.7% on March 2014 with a total of 359,040 passengers travelling.

Helping to drive this growth was the increased services to Dublin, Barcelona and Rome with Ryanair, the new twice-weekly service to Madeira with easyJet, as well as their increased services to Lisbon and Reykjavik.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "March was a strong month for us and we saw a significant increase in the number of passengers travelling through our airport.

"Our biggest growth was in domestic traffic which increased by 8.7% with more services to London airports with Ryanair, Flybe and BA Cityflyer.

"The final home match of the RBS 6Nations also helped boost passenger numbers with over 31,000 Irish rugby fans travelling through the terminal.

"We’re now officially in the summer schedule and have already welcomed several new airlines and routes, including new services to the Faroe Islands with Atlantic Airways, Malaga with Norwegian, Copenhagen with SAS and Madrid with Iberia Express. We’re sure these will be popular choices for our passengers over the coming months."

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The moving annual total for the year ending 31 March was 10,351,472.