Edinburgh Airport celebrates record year for passenger numbers

Edinburgh Airport celebrates record year for passenger numbers

Edinburgh Airport set a new Scottish record for passenger numbers in 2016 after more than 12 million people passed through its doors, according to official figures.

A total of 12.36 million passengers used the hub last year, up by more than 11% on the 11.13 million figure for 2015. 

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar revealed more than 7.1 million passengers used international flights in 2016, a 21.1% increase on the previous year.

He added: ``To have smashed this record, exceeding last year's growth rate and having helped over 12.36 million passengers through the airport, highlights the draw of Edinburgh as a destination and the growing global appeal that Scotland holds.

``A swift and substantial cut to air passenger duty will help greater numbers of the seven billion people across the globe to visit and sample all that Scotland has to offer and we recognise our responsibility to welcome visitors and our role as conduit for further economic growth for the country.''

 

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