Edinburgh Airport breaks the 10 million passenger mark
Edinburgh Airport has reached a major milestone by becoming the first Scottish airport to handle over 10 million passengers in a year. This accomplishment is part of its efforts towards securing 10 million passengers in a calendar year, a target that it expects to hit in 2015.
Passenger figures for June 2014, the airport’s busiest June on record, show that its moving annual total surpassed the 10 million mark with 10,032,288 passengers passing through the Edinburgh airport from June 2013 to June 2014.
“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,” said Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport.
Gordon added that the airport is now focused on targeting 10 million passengers in a calendar year, and explained that the airport’s forecasts suggest it’ll be close this year, but more realistically achieved in 2015.
“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,” added Gordon.
“Any growth in this climate is difficult but it is even more special given the backdrop of the highest aviation taxes in Europe,” he continued.
A total of 993,758 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport in June, 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, all of which continue to drive passenger growth.