'Major milestone' hit as Edinburgh Airport breaks the 10 million passenger barrier
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Edinburgh Airport is the first Scottish airport to handle over 10 million passengers in a year. Passenger figures for June 2014, the airport's busiest June on record, show that its moving annual total broke the 10 million mark with 10,032,288 passengers using Edinburgh in the year June 2013 to 2014.
It is seen as a major milestone in the airport's move towards securing 10 million passengers in a calendar year, a target that it expects to hit in 2015.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "Hitting 10 million passengers in our moving annual total is fantastic news. It's a real milestone which shows that our strategy of giving our passengers choice and great service is working.
"We're now focussed on targeting 10 million passengers in a calendar year. Our forecasts suggest it'll be close this year but more realistically 2015. We'll be working very hard to achieve that target.
"It's been a real team effort and we are extremely lucky to have the backing of a range of private and public partners across Edinburgh and Scotland. We could not have achieved this result without them.
"Any growth in this climate is difficult but it is even more special given the backdrop of the highest aviation taxes in Europe."
A total of 993,758 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, an increase of 3.8% on June 2013. International traffic increased by 5.5% with 561,718 passengers travelling through the airport. Domestic passenger numbers also rose by 1.6% from 425,297 to 432,040.
Edinburgh Airport has seen a raft of new route launches in 2014 including new flights to Chicago, Doha and Philadelphia which continue to drive passenger growth.
The moving annual total for the year ending June 2014 was 10,032,288.