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Scottish airports attract more passengers

15 May 2017 08:03

Edinburgh Airport has enjoyed a passenger boost

Edinburgh Airport has enjoyed a passenger boost

Two major Scottish airports have achieved their strongest April passenger totals on record, new figures reveal.

A total of 1,141,823 people passed through Edinburgh Airport last month, which made it the busiest April ever for the transport hub. The figure was up 13% on the same period of 2016.

International passenger numbers saw the most impressive increase, with the total climbing by 20.4% year-on-year to 705,683 people. Some 27 new international services were launched at the airport last year.

Chief executive of the airport, Gordon Dewar, said: "These record-breaking passenger figures for April underline Edinburgh Airport's ongoing success and are very welcome indeed.

"Our expansion of routes and destinations is good news for travellers, and it also creates new jobs, opportunities, and offers greater international links for people in this city, and for all of Scotland."

Passenger boost for Glasgow

Elsewhere, Glasgow Airport also benefited from its strongest April on record. Overall, more than 786,000 passengers passed through its doors over the four-week period.

International traffic was 18% higher at Glasgow, while the overall year-on-year rise stood at 8.9%.

Glasgow has now enjoyed growth for 50 months in a row and strong demand has notably been seen for new services to Valencia, Lisbon and Palanga.

Glasgow's managing director, Amanda McMillan, said: "In addition to growing our European network, we have been working hard to consolidate our long-haul offering. Both American Airlines and WestJet will return later this month and we also welcome Delta Air Lines to Glasgow for the first time when its inaugural service to New York-JFK takes off on May 26."

Travel insurance benefits

Whichever airport Scots choose to fly from, travel insurance can cover them against any transport disruption or medical emergencies they may face while overseas.

Holidaymakers can also cover themselves against lost luggage by securing the right insurance policy.

Aberdeen successes

In the north-east of Scotland, Aberdeen International Airport saw passenger numbers climb by 1.5% last month, with the total hitting 251,851.

Nine new routes have been introduced from Aberdeen over the past year, which have swelled the passenger total.