Edinburgh Airport has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport with confirmation of 12,366,498 flying through the airport in 2016.
This increase of over 11 per cent from the 11.13 million passengers who used the airport in 2015 reinforces Edinburgh Airport as the fastest growing airport in the UK and has been hailed as “a tremendous success story for Scotland”, by airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar.
The success was bolstered by particularly strong international passenger figures which peaked in December with visitors attracted to Edinburgh’s world famous winter festivals.
The City of Edinburgh Council’s economy convener, Councillor Gavin Barrie, welcomed the news.
He said: “While Edinburgh is a small city, we continue to punch well above our weight with airport facilities and routes that are second to none.
“It is incredible to think that for every resident living in the city, around 25 passengers landed at our airport last year*.
“This success is in large part thanks to Edinburgh Airport’s strengthened links with airlines, investment and job creation, and Edinburgh’s well-established reputation as one of the world’s best tourist and business destinations. “In this the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as a Festival City, I hope this record-breaking trend continues throughout 2017.”
*Based on 2015 census population of 498,800