1,291,640 passengers used Edinburgh Airport in September – up 8.4% on the same month last year with the number of international passengers passing soaring by 14.1% making it the busiest September on record at the terminal.
Glasgow Airport has recorded its busiest September on record after more than 972,900 people travelled through its doors, representing a 4.1% increase on last year’s passenger numbers.
EU scheduled services increased by 15% on the same period last year thanks to additional capacity and strong demand on a number of routes including Milan, Brussels, Valencia and Lisbon. September also saw the launch of Ryanair’s new service to Frankfurt, which operates six flights per week.
Long-haul routes were up 10% thanks to the continued popularity of Emirates’ twice-daily Dubai service, while international traffic grew by 10.2% with transatlantic routes to New York, Toronto and Vancouver reporting strong demand.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said:
“The fact that international passengers are driving continued growth is an indication of the global appeal that Edinburgh and Scotland has – people want to say they’ve been here and experienced our culture, our history and all the other fantastic things we have to offer.
“It also shows that we have a variety of destinations that people want to go to, be that a weekend break in Geneva, a sightseeing trip to New York or a family holiday to Fuerteventura.
“And our domestic numbers remain strong, which highlights the healthy passenger mix that we have at Edinburgh Airport.
“We’re constantly looking to add more options for passengers, such as the new Washington DC route from next summer, and we’re investing in improved facilities for passengers so we can accommodate increasing demand.”
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “I’m pleased to report our strong performance throughout the year continued with our best-ever passenger numbers in September despite the wider industry facing a number of challenges.
“We remain on course to record our most successful year ever and this can be attributed to our continued focus on not only attracting new services such as Frankfurt, but by also working closely with our current airline partners to enhance existing routes.
“Looking ahead, we are now gearing up for the October Week, which is traditionally our busiest period of the year as tens of thousands of passengers jet off on sun and city breaks.
“We will also further strengthen our European connectivity at the end of October with the launch of two brand new Ryanair routes for Glasgow Airport to Krakow and Madrid, while the introduction of the new eight-per- week London Southend service will take the number of services we operate to London to 32 per day.”