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Edinburgh and Glasgow airports both record busiest year

More than 13 million travellers passed through Edinburgh alone in 2017.

Edinburgh: Scotland's busiest airport has top year (file pic).
Edinburgh: Scotland's busiest airport has top year (file pic). Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have both recorded their busiest year.

More than 13 million travellers passed through Edinburgh Airport in 2017 and 9.9 million visited Glasgow.

Aberdeen Airport also marked its eighth consecutive month of growth, with 3.1 million passengers.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Edinburgh Airport - to welcome more than 13 million passengers is a real triumph and one that we are delighted by."

Bad weather meant figures for December were down slightly compared to last year.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "2017 was a fantastic year for the airport. To carry more than 9.9 million passengers is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work put in by more than 5000 people across the airport.

"It was also particularly pleasing that we were able to considerably increase our connectivity, particularly across Europe, by securing more than 30 routes and services during the year."

Despite rising passenger numbers at Aberdeen Airport, helicopter traffic was down 11.6% on December 2016.

Managing director Carol Benzie said: "Domestic fixed-wing traffic has driven much of the total passenger increases which has, in part, been due to chartered services being used by offshore workers to reach destinations such as Sumburgh and Wick, to then connect offshore via helicopter.

"This has, as a result, contributed to the decrease in helicopter passengers travelling directly from Aberdeen.

"In February, Flybe introduced its Aberdeen to London Heathrow route, bringing the weekly connections to the capital to 95 per week."

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