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.”
New flights have been announced to European cities, available to north-east holidaymakers at Aberdeen Airport from next year. Cities such as the Latvian capital of Riga will be run on a 3 flight a week basis facilitated by the airline Air Baltic,who have not flown from Aberdeen since September 2014. Continue reading…
Staff at Aberdeen International Airport (AIA) have been on the hunt for new business at Europe’s largest route development networking event. The AIA Route Development Manager Lynn Harwood and Managing Director Carol Benzie have travelled to Krakow in Poland for the Routes Europe 2016 Event, hoping to persuade a few of the 100 airline representatives to launch new North- East flights. Routes Europe 2016, which started on Sunday 15th, brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities, as well as more than 1,000 aviation professionals from around the world.
At officially 17.10pm on the 7th of January, many flights coming in and out of Aberdeen Airport were cancelled do to a hole created on the runway which was apparently caused by the constant rain over the last few weeks. The only planes which were still allowed access were the smaller vehicles which needed less runway length to take off and land, therefore allowing the landing strip to be shortened. Unfortunately the adverse weather and its effects to the airport’s facilities meant that 20 people were forced to sleep at the London Luton overnight and taxi drivers were forced to turn back to the airport when attempting to complete trips for passengers away from the airport itself.
Pumpkin-coloured airline, easyJet, has introduced a new flight from Aberdeen Airport to Gatwick Airport in Crawley, West Sussex. The destination was the second to be added at the Dyce hub in just over a week, after Azerbaijan Airlines bolstered Aberdeen’s summer schedules with a long-haul trip to Baku, the capital city of its native Azerbaijan.
The airline with the longest name in aviation, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, better known as the Dutch carrier, KLM, has announced plans to increase the frequency of flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to five per week.