Passenger numbers on the up in January for Scottish Airports.

Edinburgh Airport claim that over 781,000 travellers passed through the facility’s doors in January 2017. This is an 11.7% increase for passenger numbers on the same month last year, with  thanks to long-haul international flights.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said “After a record-breaking 2016, it is fantastic that we start 2017 with strong figures. We are now seeing the impact of launching 27 international services in 2016.”

The east of Scotland also saw a rise in passenger numbers with Aberdeen Airport recording its lowest decline in flight sales for almost 2 years as of January (207,100 passengers in January). Ryanair plans to extend its schedule at the airport by implementing new links to Faro, Riga and the Faroe Islands. Domestic travel also saw a rise of 2%, with a noticeable increase in flying with British Airways, Easyjet and Flybe.

Airport managing director Carol Benzie said: “It’s hugely encouraging that last month we saw our lowest decline in passenger numbers since March 2015, which is a fantastic start to the year.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, the airport saw an 8.4% rise which brought passenger numbers up to 600,000 in January, especially with high demand on routes to Toronto, New York and Dubai

Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: “Last year was our busiest on record, so it’s pleasing to see this momentum has continued into 2017 with our best-ever January passenger numbers.”

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