Council welcomes record-breaking year for airport

Edinburgh Airport has today announced a grand total of 12,366,498 passengers passed through its gates in 2016 making it the busiest every year at a Scottish Airport.

The annual total represents an increase of over one million passengers from the 2015 total - further cementing Edinburgh Airport’s reputation as the place where Scotland meets the World.

The success was bolstered by particularly strong international passenger figures which peaked in December with visitors attracted to Edinburgh’s world famous winter festivals.

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 data

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