Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports report record January

Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport, Scotland’s two busiest airports, have both reported their best ever January on record.

Marking a significant increase in the demand for international air travel, Edinburgh Airport said that more than 781,000 passengers passed through this month, a year on year increase of 11.7%. The majority of this growth came from international flights, which were up 11.6% on the same period last year.

The Airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar, has been quoted in the press stating: “After a record-breaking 2016, it’s fantastic that we start 2017 with strong figures. We are now seeing the impact of launching 27 international services in 2016.”

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Glasgow Airport also reported that its traffic had risen by 8.4% to almost 600,000. The number of international passengers passing through the gates increased by 16.1% as a result of strong demand on routes to Toronto, New York, and Dubai.

EU-scheduled traffic also increased by 21.4%, following a rise in capacity on some winter sun services and city breaks, whilst domestic traffic grew by 2% year on year, with increased uptake being reported on routes provided by British Airways, Easyjet, and Flybe.

Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, Amanda McMillan said: “Last year was our busiest on record, so it’s pleasing to see this momentum has continued into 2017 with our best-ever January passenger numbers.

“January is traditionally a quieter period, but we have experienced a marked increase in demand for international travel, particularly to some of the European and winter sun destinations.

“Our focus for 2017 will remain on strengthening Scotland’s connectivity, however, this year will not be without its challenges and we can’t take our continued growth for granted.”

Elsewhere in Scotland, Aberdeen International Airport is celebrating its lowest decline in passenger numbers for almost two years. A total of 207,100 passengers travelled through the airport this month, that’s 1.7% less than a year ago.

Domestic traffic at the airport rose by 0.6%, whilst international traffic fell by 2.5%. Helicopter traffic at the airport was down 7%, however this was attributed to factors out of the airport’s control, namely inclement weather conditions in overseas locations and the temporary recall of Sikorsky S92 helicopters at the start of the month.

According to Airport Managing Director, Carol Benzie: “It’s hugely encouraging that this month we saw our lowest decline in passenger numbers since March 2015, which is a fantastic start to the year.

“I’m delighted that our domestic traffic increased and I’m confident that the overall figures would have been even healthier had our helicopter traffic not been impacted by a maintenance recall.”