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September passenger figures show substantial international growth

Published on: 11 October 2016

Edinburgh Airport has today welcomed the latest passenger figures showing that September 2016 saw 1,191,728 passengers passing through the airport.

This represents an 11% increase on September 2015 with the greatest growth area being passengers on international flights which had a 21.5% hike compared to the same month last year.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, cited the strength of Edinburgh as a destination and the commitment of the airport to improve Scotland’s connectivity by attracting new airlines and routes as key reasons for this success.

“These latest set of passenger figures are very welcome indeed and are testament to both the tremendous international draw of Edinburgh and Scotland as a destination and of the hard work we are doing here to attract new airlines and routes.

“We have strong indications that Edinburgh Airport – unlike the majority of the UK airport market – has a healthy balance of inbound and outbound passengers.

“This gives us confidence that we can continue to perform well and help deliver connectivity which creates jobs and delivers growth for Scotland – in spite of any wider economic uncertainty in the sector and economy at large.

“There is however absolutely no room for complacency within the aviation business – which is why we are calling on the Scottish Government to deliver to give detail on their proposed cut to Air Passenger Duty.

“A 50 % cut to APD in one move will incentivise airlines to bring more aircraft to Scotland which in turn will deliver greater inbound tourism and business opportunities creating new jobs and stimulating the economy to the tune of £300 million GVA per year.”


1,191,728 passengers passed through Edinburgh Airport in September 2016 making it the fourth busiest month ever at EDI (July 2016 being the busiest ever month, followed by August 2016 and July 2015). September is the sixth month in 2016 where passenger numbers have exceeded one million (April – September).

September 2016

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The increase is all down to the increase in International passengers as detailed in the new routes brought to EDI since this time last year:

• Aer Lingus launched Shannon service in March 2016

• In September 2015 Vueling only operated services to Barcelona, in September 2016 they also operated services to Rome Fiumicino, Paris Orly and Alicante.

• Transavia launched Paris Orly in April 2016

• Finnair Launched Helsinki in April 2016

• Wow Air launched a twice weekly service to Reykjavik in July 2016

• easyJet’s new Stuttgart (launched in Nov 15), Vienna and Venice services (launched Feb 16) boosted passenger numbers vs September 2015.

• Ryanair’s Copenhagen service was new from November 2015.

• Jet2 launched 11 new routes from Edinburgh in 2016 including Kefalonia, Rhodes, Larnaca, Zakynthos and Vienna

Existing international routes also saw growth with more passengers flying to Barcelona, Dublin with Ryanair, Berlin, Paris CDG, Milan Malpensa, Amsterdam and Madrid with easyJet, Malaga, Alicante and Faro with Jet2 and Brussels with Brussels airlines.

Percentage of inbound passengers:

LON 49%

EDI 40%

BHX 27%

GLA 24%

MAN 19%

With 40%, Edinburgh has the United Kingdom’s second highest percentage of inbound international passengers

*LON, BHX and MAN stats come from the 2014 CAA passenger survey, the EDI and GLA stats come from the 2015/16 CAA survey.*