Edinburgh and Glasgow airports witness record growth in passenger numbers

11 January 2016 (Last Updated January 11th, 2016 18:30)

UK’s Edinburgh and Glasgow airports witnessed a record number of passengers flying to and from the airports in 2015.

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UK's Edinburgh and Glasgow airports witnessed a record number of passengers flying to and from the airports in 2015.

Edinburgh saw a passenger number of 11.13 million passing through its terminals in 2015, which is a 9.4% annual growth - an increase of 950,000 passengers from the 2014 figures.

The success of the Edinburgh airport is a result of new routes and destinations being added to its schedule last year.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "We remain focused on delivering more success in the year ahead.

"In 2016 we will continue to improve the passenger experience at Edinburgh Airport with a multi-million pound investment in our check-in and baggage systems, an improved retail offering with greater choice products and we aim to expand our range of new routes and destinations in the year ahead.

"We remain focused on delivering more success in the year ahead."

"I was asked late last year how much more Edinburgh Airport can grow in a country with little over five million people; I explained that it was not the five million I was worried about but how the other seven billion across the globe get to visit us."

December 2015 marked a 19% year-on-year growth of international passenger number to 367,930.

Glasgow Airport has seen the number of passengers go up by over one million to touch 8.71 million.

The airport saw an annual increase of 13% in passenger number from 2014. This is the fifth consecutive year of growth in passenger number.

Glasgow reported that December was its busiest month on record.

The airport saw growth each month in 2015. The year ended with a 10.1% growth in passenger traffic to 569,411.

Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan was quoted by Thenational.scot as saying: "2016 marks the airport's 50th anniversary and we are determined to ensure this year makes the history books.

"Over the coming months we will welcome two major flag carriers in the form of Air Canada Rouge and Air France, and a new service to Montreal will commence with Air Transat."


Image: Edinburgh airport witnessed 11.13 million passengers passing through it annually. Photo: courtesy of M4kumba82/Wikipedia.