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Edinburgh Airport bucks Scottish trend

Figures for January revealed 3.9 per cent passenger growth at Edinburgh, while Glasgow flight numbers dropped.

Edinburgh has overtaken Glasgow as Scotland’s airport of choice, while flights north of the border could suffer a tough ride in 2008, it was claimed. Figures for January revealed 3.9 per cent passenger growth at Edinburgh, while Glasgow flight numbers dropped by more than six per cent, thanks to a rapid downturn in seasonal charter flights.

The contrasting fortunes of the airports cemented the capital’s position as the prime destination for Scottish air travellers to set out from, with Edinburgh only nudging ahead for the first time at the end of last year.

But BAA spokesman Donald Morrison highlighted problems for the whole Scottish flight market, explaining: "It is likely that the continuing economic uncertainty is also having an impact on demand for air travel, particularly at Glasgow, where the majority of carriers are low cost or holiday airlines."

Edinburgh Airport has managed to buck the trend through the success of come popular flight routes offered to Prague, Geneva and Paris.

The eternal charm of the French capital for travellers has been harnessed by another smaller British airport, with budget carrier Aer Lingus this week announcing a new Belfast-Paris route.

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