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New routes fuel Edinburgh Airport record

13 July 2016 09:30

Passengers can now fly to Vienna from Edinburgh Airport

Passengers can now fly to Vienna from Edinburgh Airport

No Scottish airport has ever welcomed more June travellers than Edinburgh did last month, new figures reveal.

Holidaymakers bound for new destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Stuttgart (easyJet) and Vienna (Jet2 and easyJet) helped to swell the numbers to almost 1.2 million passengers.

The final 1,173,953 June figure is 6.8% up on the corresponding statistic last year.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar called June a "great month" for the Scottish capital's flight venue.

The airport is on target to equal or even surpass last year's record of having six consecutive months of welcoming one million-plus customers.

Last year it achieved this from May to October. In 2016 it has strung together three months in a row between April and June.

New routes out of Edinburgh

Edinburgh also lists Helsinki (Finnair), Turin (Jet2), New York JFK (Delta Virgin), Reykjavik (Wow Air), Gerona (Jet2) and Copenhagen (Ryanair) among its new routes.

Dusseldorf (Eurowings/Germanwings), Lanzarote (Jet2), Rhodes (Jet2 and Thomson), Barcelona (Norwegian) and Warsaw (Ryanair) are also included in its fresh offerings.

These have all helped to bring about a 15.1% rise in the amount of international flyers travelling through Edinburgh Airport.

Numbers in this sector rose from 621,814 passengers over June last year to 715,639 during June 2016.

Domestic traveller numbers dipped by 3.9% between June 2015 and 2016 to 458,314, however.

Reducing the risk of holiday losses

Air passengers flying out of Edinburgh or any other airport can reduce their risk of holiday losses by taking out travel insurance.

Such cover can protect them should the worst happen, such as lost devices, sunglasses or other holiday possessions.

What the expert says

Mr Dewar says that the challenge for Edinburgh now is to remain flexible to meet an ever-growing demand from travellers wishing to fly from and to the city.

The official is urging people to have their say on its Airspace Change Programme consultation scheme.

This is asking for views on possible amendments to its existing flight path programme over Edinburgh.