Numbers up at Scotland's two main airports

Numbers up at Scotland's two main airports

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Scotland’s two main airports recorded improved passenger throughput last month.

Glasgow airport had its busiest October for eight years with numbers up 14% to 836,798 over October 2014.

Edinburgh airport recorded a sixth consecutive month with more than one million passengers – a 9.7% increase.

International traffic at Glasgow grew by 18.5% due strong demand for European services, with Icelandair and Wizz Air both reporting a particularly busy month.

There was also a "significant uplift" on long-haul services to Toronto, Florida and Dubai.

Domestic traffic increased by 8.9%, which the airport said was due to a strong demand on London services and regional routes.

Managing director, Amanda McMillan, said: "We have now enjoyed 11 consecutive months of double-digit growth and have added an additional one million passengers since October 2014 which is a huge milestone."

Edinburgh attributed its success in part to the continued strong performance of routes to London, across the UK, as well as European destinations.

Chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: "This record-breaking performance is a sure sign of the growing success of both Scotland and Edinburgh as a destination and also emphasises our position as a key driver for Scotland's economic growth.

“With over one million passengers through our doors at Edinburgh airport last month we reached similar levels as we did July 2013 – the height of our summer peak season – it shows that we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.”


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