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Rugby fans help Edinburgh Airport to score big

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Thanks to the thousands of rugby fans traveling to Scotland from Italy and Wales, Edinburgh Airport enjoyed an 8.2% increase in its passenger figures as over 657,000 people travelled through the terminal in February. A total of 657,386 passengers took off and landed at Edinburgh Airport last month.

Domestic passenger figures rose by 9.5% from 338,770 in February last year to 370,907 in 2015.

International passengers also saw a significant growth with 286,479 people travelling in February, an increase of 6.5%.

The addition of more daily flights between Edinburgh and London helped drive the passenger growth with introduction of new services from Ryanair to Stansted and Flybe to London City in October last year.

British Airways also performed well on their BA Cityflyer service to London City which now operates up to 12 times per day.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “After starting the New Year on a solid footing we enjoyed a strong February with our passenger number up over 8%. This is great news for our airlines, our passengers and Edinburgh’s economy as many people no doubt travelled here for the RBS 6Nations. “Strong performances in both our domestic and international traffic helped drive our growth last month with new services launching to Madeira with easyJet, increased flights to Dublin with Ryanair and larger aircraft operating between Edinburgh and Paris on AirFrance’ HOP! route.

  2015 2014 Change
Domestic 370,907 338,770 9.5%
International 286,479 268,953 6.5%
Total 657,386 607,723 8.2%
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