Airport has experienced its busiest November on record, with a 20% increase in international passenger numbers
Edinburgh Airport has reported a 20% increase in international passengers travelling through its terminals last month – making it another record period and the busiest November so far for a Scottish airport.
It welcomed 860,966 travellers last month – continuing its year-long trend of international passenger growth.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “November’s passenger figures are worth celebrating. In what is traditionally one of the quiet months in aviation we have witnessed a 20 % increase in passengers on international flights.
“We also have a healthy equilibrium of inbound and outbound passengers with the most balanced mix of any UK airport outside London.
“This fact, which reinforces the strength and appeal of Edinburgh as a destination and the global draw of Scotland, gives us greater confidence as we look at the opportunities and challenges ahead.
“But there can be no room for complacency – and Edinburgh Airport supports calls to abolish long haul Air Passenger Duty. We warmly welcome the recognition that international connectivity is a key driver for Scotland’s economy.
“We now look forward to the Scottish Government publishing their plans and timetable which should back this position and also include the abolition – or substantial reduction – of APD on all international routes to and from Scotland, not just destinations over 2000 miles.
“The greatest volume of our passengers fly to and from Europe – and it is a reduction of the tax on these European routes that will deliver a substantial increase in services and create jobs and economic prosperity here in Scotland.”