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Published on : Monday, December 12, 2016
Edinburgh Airport has today welcomed the latest passenger figures showing that 860,966 passengers travelled through last month – making it another record breaking month and the busiest ever November for a Scottish Airport.
As has been the trend throughout the year, the growth of international passenger numbers spearheads Edinburgh Airport’s success with a near 20 per cent increase in this area compared to the same month last year.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, welcomed the news.
“November’s passenger figures are worth celebrating. In what is traditionally one of the quiet months in aviation we have witnessed a 20 % increase in passengers on international flights.“We also have a healthy equilibrium of inbound and outbound passengers with the most balanced mix of any UK airport outside London.
“This fact, which reinforces the strength and appeal of Edinburgh as a destination and the global draw of Scotland, gives us greater confidence as we look at the opportunities and challenges ahead.
“But there can be no room for complacency – and Edinburgh Airport supports calls to abolish long haul Air Passenger Duty. We warmly welcome the recognition that international connectivity is a key driver for Scotland’s economy.
“We now look forward to the Scottish Government publishing their plans and timetable which should back this position and also include the abolition – or substantial reduction – of APD on all international routes to and from Scotland, not just destinations over 2000 miles.
“The greatest volume of our passengers fly to and from Europe – and it is a reduction of the tax on these European routes that will deliver a substantial increase in services and create jobs and economic prosperity here in Scotland.”