12.36 million passengers make 2016 a record year for Scotland’s busiest airport
Edinburgh has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport with confirmation of 12,366,498 flying through its terminals in 2016.
It says this increase of more than 11% from the 11.13 million passengers who used the airport in 2015 reinforces Edinburgh Airport as the fastest growing airport in the UK.
The airport’s growth has been hailed as “a tremendous success story for Scotland”, by its chief executive, Gordon Dewar.
December 2016 saw 863,147 passengers pass through the airport with a “massive” hike in the number of international passengers compared to the same month last year.
International growth has been a constant trend throughout 2016 with more than 7,156,826 passengers on international flights throughout the year which represents a 21.1 % climb compared to the number of international passengers in 2015.
Dewar said: “This is a great achievement for the airport, the skilled and dedicated team that work here, our partner airlines and businesses and it is also a tremendous success story for Edinburgh and for the whole of Scotland.
“We have continued to enhance passenger choice by offering more routes and more destinations– and people have responded by choosing to fly in and out of Edinburgh Airport in greater numbers than ever before.
“To have smashed this record – exceeding last year’s growth rate and having helped over 12.36 million passengers through the airport – highlights the draw of Edinburgh as a destination and the growing global appeal that Scotland holds.
“A swift and substantial cut to Air Passenger Duty will help greater numbers of the 7 billion people across the globe to visit and sample all that Scotland has to offer – and we recognise our responsibility to welcome visitors and our role as conduit for further economic growth for the country.
“In 2017 we will continue to improve the services we offer. Further investment in the terminal will enhance the passenger experience and we are in the process of negotiating new exciting routes and destinations which we hope to be able to announce in the coming weeks and months ahead.”
Edinburgh City Council says the annual total represents an increase of over one million passengers from the 2015 total – further cementing Edinburgh Airport’s reputation as the place where ‘Scotland meets the World’.
It claims the success was bolstered by particularly strong international passenger figures which peaked in December with visitors attracted to Edinburgh’s world-famous winter festivals.
Economy convener Councillor Gavin Barrie said: “While Edinburgh is a small city, we continue to punch well above our weight with airport facilities and routes that are second to none.
“It is incredible to think that for every resident living in the city, around 25 passengers landed at our airport last year*. This success is in large part thanks to Edinburgh Airport’s strengthened links with airlines, investment and job creation, and Edinburgh’s well-established reputation as one of the world’s best tourist and business destinations.
“In this the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, I hope this record-breaking trend continues throughout 2017.”
In the last 12 months, the following new routes have been launched from Edinburgh Airport:
Jet2 launched 13 new routes from Edinburgh in 2016 including Kefalonia, Rhodes, Larnaca, Zakynthos, Vienna, Fuerteventura and Turin. Fuerteventura and Turin both launched in December.
Aer Lingus launched Shannon service in March 2016
Vueling launched services to Rome Fiumicino, Paris Orly and Alicante.
Transavia launched Paris Orly in April 2016
Finnair launched Helsinki in April 2016
Wow Air launched a twice weekly service to Reykjavik in July 2016
easyJet’s Vienna and Venice services (launched Feb 16) boosted passenger numbers vs September 2015.
Ryanair’s Warsaw service launched 30 October 2016
Delta launched daily flights to JFK from EDI on 27 May 2016