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Rugby fans help airport hit passenger record

Rugby fans help airport hit passenger record

Monday 12 March 2018

Rugby fans help airport hit passenger record

Travelling French rugby supporters were among the boost to passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport.

Edinburgh Airport had its busiest February on record despite being the Beast from the East causing cancellations at the end of the month.

A total of 846,502 passengers used the airport last month, up 4.3% on February 2017.

International passengers rose by 13.4% year on year, which airport chief executive Gordon Dewar credited to new routes including 16 from Ryanair and new easyJet destinations Bilbao and Sofia as well as a boost from French rugby fans visiting for the Six Nations match at Murrayfield on February 11.

Domestic passenger numbers fell 6% compared to the previous February to 366,013 which was blamed on severe winter weather cancellations.

Mr Dewar said: “It’s encouraging to see passenger numbers continuing to grow as we add more and more destinations and routes, and delivering another record month continues our strong start to the year.”

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