Edinburgh Airport announces record passenger numbers

Published: 05 February 2018

Edinburgh Airport has just announced record passenger numbers for a Scottish airport. We spoke to Chief Executive Gordon Dewar to find out more…

What are the key highlights from your latest figures?

More than 13 million passengers used Edinburgh Airport in 2017, making it the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport.

We added 34 new routes last year, 32 of them to international destinations, and it was those international passengers that drove that growth. Choice of destinations is crucial...

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport

 

A total of 13,432,485 people passed through Scotland’s busiest airport in 2017, an additional one million passengers when compared to 2016, with international passengers driving growth – up almost 14 per-cent. Growth was helped by another record month at the airport as December saw 925,017 passengers using the terminal. It was the busiest ever December at the airport. 

A total of 13,432,485 people passed through Scotland’s busiest airport in 2017.

What does this say about Edinburgh Airport?

It shows that the airport plays a crucial role in the economy. We want to use Edinburgh and Scotland’s global appeal and standing to bring further benefits. 

Our performance is also testament to our fantastic team. The airport directly employs more than 600 people, but almost 7,000 people work across the campus site. And they all play a vital role in our operations.

The air traffic controllers who guide planes in, the airside operations team who ensure the runway and surrounding areas are operational, to the catering staff who provide food and drink for passengers and everyone else who does the work that sometimes goes unseen. We thank all of them for their work – this really is a team result that we should all take pride in. 

Where is the growth coming from?

We added 34 new routes last year, 32 of them to international destinations, and it was those international passengers that drove that growth. Choice of destinations is crucial – we want people to go and see the world, and the world to come and see Edinburgh and Scotland. And we continue to work with partners across the city to further enhance what it has to offer. 

The airport directly employs more than 600 people, but almost 7,000 people work across the campus site.

What are your expectations looking ahead?

We want to grow further and open Scotland to the world. We’ve recently added new routes in Sevilla and Jersey with easyJet, who also brought their Sofia route online at the end of last year. And the Finnair direct flight to Helsinki, which is Scotland’s only route to Finland, will now operate the whole year round following an extension to the service. There will be new routes, new destinations, new countries, new jobs and new opportunities.

It all adds to that sense of adventure – and we are excited about what 2018 will bring to Edinburgh Airport.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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