International routes power passenger traffic growth at Edinburgh

posted on 13th March 2018 by Jordan Newton
International routes power passenger traffic growth at Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport had its busiest February on record as more than 846,000 people passed through the gateway with traffic figures driven by international routes.

Numbers were up 4.3 per cent on the same month last year despite the severe winter weather brought by the Beast from the East which forced the cancellation of services.

Growth came from international passengers, up 13.4 per cent on last year to 480,489 passengers, but domestic traffic was down by six per cent at 366,013.

Ryanair operated 16 new routes in February 2018 that did not operate last February, and more flights operated to Fuerteventura.

easyJet’s Bilbao and Sofia are new since February 2017 and more services operated to Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Munich and Reykjavik service to the Canary Islands were popular with more flights and passengers to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. Winter sun was also popular with the new Madeira service which did not operate in February last year.

The airport also said more people also travelled on Turkish Airlines and on United’s Newark service than last year.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive, Gordon Dewar said: “It’s encouraging to see passenger numbers continuing to grow as we add more and more destinations and routes, and delivering another record month continues our strong start to the year.

“International numbers surged again thanks to a number of new routes now being flown and the huge influx of French fans for the Six Nations – the result obviously not to their liking but no doubt an enjoyable trip to this magnificent capital city.

“It was a challenging month domestically with the closure of London City Airport and the Beast from the East forcing a number of cancellations, most of which were domestic, while the Ryanair Stansted service comes back online this month. We expect to see those numbers increase again which will further boost our passenger numbers.”