Tuesday, 14 July 2021 09:04

Summer holidays boost for Scottish airports

Edinburgh Airport saw more than one million passengers over the month of June.

Passengers jetting off on summer holidays have helped Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports to their busiest Junes on record, while Aberdeen saw a dip in numbers.

Over the month, Glasgow saw an annual increase of 14.2% in passenger numbers, while Edinburgh Airport experienced a year-on-year rise of 10.6% and Aberdeen saw a 5.7% decline on its June 2014 figures.

In total, 905,689 travellers passed through Glasgow Airport’s doors over the month, marking its 28th consecutive month of growth. International traffic grew by 15.6% and domestic traffic rose 12.2%. Over the last weekend of the month, as the school summer holiday season began, more than 160,000 travellers took to the skies.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “June has always been a busy month at the airport with the arrival of the school holidays, but this year we were busier than ever as we continue to enjoy unprecedented levels of growth in our passenger numbers.

“This month is set to be even busier as the city hosts the IPC Swimming World Championships, and we will also welcome visitors from across the globe for the Scottish and British Opens at Gullane and St Andrews.”

June marked the second consecutive month in which Edinburgh Airport saw more than one million customers, with 1,098,859 travellers. Domestic passengers increased by 9.9% on June 2014, and international flights saw an 11.1% boost.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We had an incredibly busy month in June with more passengers travelling through than ever before. As the summer properly gets underway we’re anticipating our passenger numbers will continue to grow as people head off on the holidays.”

The school holidays also impacted on Aberdeen Airport, with 20,000 passengers travelling over the weekend to escape the north-east weather for sunnier climes. Over the month, 323,832 passengers travelled through the airport, a decrease of 5.7% on last year’s figure. The biggest decrease was seen in helicopter traffic, down 7.6%, while fixed wing traffic reduced by 5.4%.

Carol Benzie, Aberdeen Airport managing director, said: “We have seen a reduction in traffic across both fixed wing and helicopter traffic last month compared with the same month last year as the oil and gas sector continues in its cost efficiency drive and the impacts are felt across the region. We also recognise that 2014 was a record year for us.”

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