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Edinburgh international passenger numbers ‘booming’

Edinburgh has once again cemented its position as Scotland's airport of choice.

Edinburgh has once again cemented its position as Scotland’s airport of choice, with the BAA hub handling some 720,000 passengers in March and surging further ahead of competitor Glasgow International Airport.

Nudging ahead of its rival at the end of 2007, the Scottish capital posted passenger figures one per cent higher than a year previous, while Glasgow’s passenger numbers slipped down 4.6 per cent on a year earlier.

Travel to and from international destinations was the biggest grower at the hub, showing a 16 per cent rise on the same period last year, while new domestic routes such as the recently introduced Flybe Cardiff to Edinburgh service has also widened passenger potential.

Flybe’s new route at the hub comes amid 27 new services brought to Edinburgh of late, with the airport proving its capability to expand numbers after processing as many as 9.11 million passengers over the last 12 months.

Managing director David Johnston said: "The first of 27 new services to start this year from Edinburgh took off last month, giving passengers extra frequency and choice. BAA is investing a record £42 million in Edinburgh Airport this year in order to meet the demands of a growing route network and increasing passenger numbers."

A 16km tram route between Newhaven and Edinburgh Airport is currently under construction in the Scottish capital as passenger numbers increase and local authorities look to facilitate the rise as smoothly as possible.