'Record' February for Glasgow and Edinburgh airports
13th Mar 2017
Edinburgh Airport & Glasgow Airport have recorded their busiest passenger numbers on record for the month of February.
Edinburgh Airport saw 770,265 passengers in February, with international journeys as a proportion of this number up by 30.4% compared to February 2016. Similarly, Glasgow Airport welcomed 582,879 passengers through its doors, 14.1% up on February 2016.
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "February's passenger numbers have broken another monthly record and act as further indication of just how big Edinburgh Airport's global ambitions are.
"Edinburgh Airport and our partner airlines are continuing to offer greater choice with more routes and more destinations - and passengers are responding by flying in and out of Edinburgh directly in greater numbers than ever before.
"People ask me how much more Edinburgh Airport can grow in a country with little over five million people; it is not the five million I am worried about - but how the other seven billion across the globe get to visit us."
Edinburgh Airport is the UK’s fastest growing hub in terms of international passengers. Glasgow Airport said its record February had been boosted by strong demand on European routes to Berlin, Reykjavik and Milan alongside added capacity on routes to Dublin & Dusseldorf.
Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: "This year marks a huge milestone for the airport as we celebrate our golden anniversary year.
"What makes that even more exciting is the fact that we are continuing to see our passenger numbers grow at record rates, following our success in 2015 securing more than 30 new routes and services.
"We are continuing to make improvements in our airport to accommodate this growth and will be investing significantly this year in a comprehensive airside terminal redevelopment which will include new catering and retail outlets."
Despite the good news, Aberdeen Airport recorded a 13.3% decrease of passengers this February when compared to February of last year. Both international and domestic travel was down in this period. The fall in domestic travel was due in part to the withdrawal of Little Red's Heathrow service.
Glasgow Prestwick also saw passenger numbers dip 5% to 18,314 compared to February 2016 but added that the total was "in excess" of what had been forecast. A spokeswoman added: "With additional flights confirmed for summer and winter 2016 schedules, we expect to see increased passenger numbers over the course of this year."
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