Festival helps Edinburgh airport achieve record August passengers

Festival helps Edinburgh airport achieve record August passengers

More than 1.4 million people used Edinburgh airport in August as passenger numbers continue to soar.

The Scottish airport reported a record August and the second busiest month ever as 1.40 million passengers were handled.

July was the busiest month ever with 1.41 million passengers.

Visitors from across the world and the rest of the UK flew in to experience Edinburgh’s festivals, with international visitors up 11.4% on the same month last year.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Edinburgh and Scotland is one of the most scenic and attractive destinations throughout the whole year but the festival season is famous the world over and adds that special extra something.

“The attraction of those festivals was a driver in what is another record month for the airport and it was also the first time we’ve had two consecutive months of 1.4 million-plus passengers, which is incredible.”

He added: “That growth is fantastic for the city and the country and is only going to continue, which is why we’re extending the terminal building as part of an £80 million investment plan to help the airport handle forecasted record number of passengers. It will include a new baggage hall, new gates, new custom facilities and retail outlets so we provide that first class experience our passengers want and deserve.”

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