New regional flights see Edinburgh Airport break summer record

Edinburgh Airport has revealed its passenger numbers for July and says it’s broken a Scottish summer record.
According to the airport, there are more people travelling through the capital than ever before, with more than 1.2 million (1,214,633) passing through the terminal last month – breaking previous records set last summer.
Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Our teams have worked hard to help passengers on their journey and we’re continuing to work hard to give our passengers the service they expect.
“It was only two years ago, we broke our first million passenger month and now in our peak we’ve grown by 20%. This is really pleasing, but it’s clear we’re going to have to invest further for next year as we anticipate more growth.”
The July passenger figure is a 10.3% increase on July 2014. International passengers rose by 10.2% and domestic passengers by 10.6% on the same period last year. Last month also saw the airport manage the players and increased passengers attending The British Open.
The airport says the increase in domestic travel was driven by Ryanair’s new Stansted service now flying up to three times a day; Flybe’s new service to London City now flying up to six times a day; BA Cityflyer’s increased services to London City; and strong easyJet Bristol and Belfast performances.
International traffic was up due to higher than anticipated load factors across the network, particularly Ryanair and easyJet. Also more passengers were flying on Ryanair to Dublin, Brussels Charlois and Gdansk. easyJet has an additional A320 serving key European routes during the summer peak and Norwegian’s Malaga service has also performed well. Longhaul passenger numbers were up, with higher than anticipated load factors on Etihad and United services.
Dewar added: “June and July have seen over a million passengers each month. We’re predicting August will be good for us too, it’s is always an exciting month in Edinburgh with more people visiting Edinburgh for the big festivals.”
The moving annual total for the year ending 31 July 2015 was 10,699,568.
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