20 JANUARY 2014


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Article from BTNews 20 JANUARY 2014

Scotland's airports

Edinburgh has recorded the highest number of passengers ever for a Scottish airport in 2013, just short of 9.8m passing through while Glasgow had its most hectic year since 2008 with 7.4m.

Aberdeen also recorded its busiest 12 months with nearly 3.5m passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "It was a year in which we fulfilled our promises on new route development, securing three long haul hub connections and bolstering our domestic and European services."

Much of the growth in Glasgow’s traffic came from long haul – up 11% and flights to Europe, which rose by 15%.  Glasgow attracted new airlines including Wizz Air and Lufthansa Regional while long-term players Emirates and Virgin Atlantic boosted their performance. 

Scottish Government-owned Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) reports on an annual basis and says that 1.3m passengers passed through its 11 regional airports in the financial year 2012/13, plus 3%.  Inverness was the busiest within the group, recording 611,382 passengers in the 2012/13 year, which HIAL said was helped by the success of new flights to Amsterdam and Geneva.  Also owned by the Government, Prestwick Airport Glasgow saw a rise of 7.4% in 2013 with a throughput of 1,136,048 passengers. www.hial.co.uk www.glasgowprestwick.com www.aberdeenairport.com www.edinburghairport.com  www.glasgowairport.com

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