Edinburgh Airport records busiest ever year for a Scottish airport

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Edinburgh Airport has recorded the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport with more than 14 million people passing through in 2018.

A total of 14,310,403 passengers came via Scotland’s busiest airport last year, up 6.5 per cent on the previous year. International traffic growth was up 9.5 per cent to 8.93 million passengers and domestic growth up 1.9 per cent to 5.37 million.

It comes after the airport reached one million passengers in December for the first time ever as 1,027,125 people flew into and out of the gateway – an 11 per cent increase on December 2017.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive, Gordon Dewar looked forward to further growth: “New routes and destinations for 2019 have already been announced and we’ll continue to add growth where we can.

“The uncertainty around Brexit obviously poses challenges and it’s crucial that we at least preserve access to that single aviation market that allows flights to pass freely through European skies, connecting Scotland to the whole of Europe.

“We also need to see movement on the pledge to cut Air Passenger Duty so we can continue to be competitive against other nations and harness the full potential of our industry and bolster the economy through tourism.

“There’s also infrastructure challenges such as our access road, a price we have to pay for our continued growth. We’re working on short and long-term solutions and that planning to improve access is something that will continue as we look ahead to what we hope is another successful year.”