Celebrations were carried out by Edinburgh Airport as it broke all records for passenger numbers in August.
During the busy peak summer holiday month, the airport helped over one million passengers jet off.
With an increase of 8.7% compared to last August, the airport saw 1,158,794 passengers pass through its doors, which sees the airport increase its passenger numbers for the fourth month running.
Traffic increase was supported by increased services by Flybe and Ryanair to London, and easyJet’s Belfast route. What’s more, new destinations by easyJet to Dublin boosted numbers, as did the new services by Ryanair to Barcelona, Dublin and Rome; seeing the airport off more destinations by a choice of more airlines.
Existing long haul routes by American Airlines to New York, Doha with Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways all helped the airport to enjoy an increase on the coveted long haul market. This saw international passengers increase by 8.5%, which equates to 691,674.
Speaking about the record breaking month, the airport’s Chief Executive, Gordon Dewar, said, “This record breaking performance in August is a real indicator of the growing success of both Scotland and Edinburgh. To see four million passenger months in a row, given it was only two years ago that we broke the million mark, is remarkable. The team at Edinburgh Airport is committed to providing the infrastructure and facilities to enable and cope with the growth in those that want to visit our country and those Scots that wish to travel whether for leisure or business. We’re focussed on planning for the year ahead and staying ahead of the passenger demand.”