Continued growth to start 2019
Domestic and International passenger markets increase in January.
Strong growth in both passenger markets resulted in Edinburgh Airport recording its busiest ever January.
A total of 920,474 passengers passed through the airport last month, up almost 10% on the same month last year.
Growth was recorded in both the domestic and international markets at 10.4% and 9.6% respectively.
% vs Jan 2018
It comes after the airport recorded its busiest ever year in 2018 with 14.3 million passengers using the terminal – a record for any Scottish airport.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “To see growth in both our domestic and international market is encouraging and is a great way to start 2019, especially just after we recorded our busiest ever year.
“The international and domestic routes we delivered last year are proving popular and we have announced further new routes this year which we are confident will maintain our strong numbers. We are also seeing additional frequency being added to routes such as Doha with Qatar Airways and Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, a clear sign of confidence in Scotland’s busiest airport.
“Clearly growth is a positive, but we cannot afford to settle for where we are – we must be outward looking and attract more new airlines and destinations, something which is being restricted by the reluctance to act on APD. We have to remain competitive and seize on all available opportunities, especially as we wait on clarity around Brexit.”
Domestic market was ahead +10.4% vs January 2018 due to the following reasons
International market recorded a +9.6% YoY growth due to 22 new international routes launched last year.These are the reasons for the strong growth in more detail:
Popular destinations in January were
New routes to be launched in 2019 (11 routes: 9 international and 2 domestic):
Loganair to Islay
American Airlines to Philadelphia
Ryanair to Billund & Luxembourg
Delta Airlines to Boston
Jet 2 to Bodrum, Bourgas and Corfu
Loganair to Bergen, Stavanger & Guernsey