Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority show that passengers passing through Aberdeen International Airport’s doors soared 10.7% in November 2017 compared to the same month in 2016. AIA’s chief has given a lot of credit to the recent success of the new “sun-kissed” routes such as Alicante and Malaga in Spain, which have boosted flight sales in recent months.
AIA managing director Carol Benzie said: “We have continued to see a steady growth in total passenger numbers throughout 2017, which has been predominantly driven by an increase in our fixed-wing (aeroplane) traffic. During 2017, we launched four new international leisure routes from AIA – namely Alicante, Malaga and Faro with Ryanair, and Riga with airBaltic.”
Recent numbers revealed by the CAA shows that 246,501 passengers used the Scottish airport (AIA) in November. Furthermore, in the 12 months leading up to the end of November 2017, 3,082,245 passengers flew through Aberdeen International Airport; 3.8% higher than the previous 12-month period.
Ms Benzie went on to say that domestic flights had been a main contributor to increased levels of traffic, with many offshore oil workers using the airport to fly to destinations such as Sumburgh and Wick to connect offshore via helicopter.
In March of 2018, Ryanair will launch routes from AIA to Malta, while holidaymakers will also be able to access Barcelona and north-eastern Spain when flights to Reus will be added to TIU’s schedule. Tui also look to increase its number of flights from Aberdeen International to Palma, Majorca, from three per week to four.
Things are looking good for Aberdeen International!