Busiest ever month for a Scottish airport
Record month despite slowdown in growth.
Edinburgh Airport has recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time as a total of 1,508,586 passengers passed through in July 2019.
The figures are up 0.4% on the same month last year, but growth is down from 6.3% in July 2018.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:
“It’s a bittersweet month for us – we’ve just recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time, but it comes as we see a marked slowdown in growth.
“The fall in domestic travel has clearly had an impact and although there is growth internationally we cannot ignore the loss of routes over the past year, such as Norwegian pulling their transatlantic services.
“We previously warned that failure to cut the highest aviation tax in the world have an adverse effect on growth and this appears to be coming to fruition. Our industry hears the government’s concerns around the climate but the positive steps taken towards making aviation more sustainable have not been considered.
“Like all businesses, we are looking at how we make our operations more sustainable and how we can influence the wider industry to continue on that positive path. The airport campus employs around 7,000 people and as a business overall we support 23,000 jobs across Scotland - we have to find a way that delivers sustainable growth to ensure continued success for our economy.”
Domestic market was behind -4.7% vs July 2018 due to the following reasons:
- Ryanair cut Stansted frequencies from 4 per day to 4 per week
- Increased number of flight cancellations due to adverse weather conditions and resulting ATC issues at other UK airports
This negative impact was partially softened by strong performance on other domestic routes:
- Flybe added more frequencies to London Heathrow (from 4 daily to 6 daily)
- Loganair started new routes to Guernsey (May 19) and Islay (Mar 19)
- Ryanair started a new route to Derry (Nov 18)
International market recorded a +3.0% YoY growth due new route growth and a positive trend on long-haul routes. These are the reasons for the traffic growth in more detail:
o introduced 8 new international routes last winter: Seville, Tallinn, Berlin Schoenefeld, Stockholm Skavsta, Lisbon, Memmingen, Sofia & Riga
o started 2 new routes this year: Billund & Luxembourg
- Emirates launched a daily service to Dubai in October 2018
- Qatar increased frequencies from daily to 10x weekly (double daily on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
- Delta increased from 5x weekly to daily service to JFK & launched a new route to Boston this May
- Hainan Airlines launched a new service to Beijing in June 2018
- Air Canada started the season earlier than last year
- Jet2 started 3 new routes this year (Corfu, Bodrum & Bourgas)
- Lufthansa started a new route to Munich in December 2018
- Loganair started new routes to Bergen & Stavanger in May 2019
- Alitalia is operating a seasonal service to Milan this summer
- Great Dane started operating flights to Aalborg in June 2019
Popular destinations in July were:
• Central & Eastern Europe: Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Kaunas, Krakow, Wroclaw, Vienna,
• Central & Eastern Europe: Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Kaunas, Krakow, Wroclaw, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Bratislava
• Spain: Alicante, Palma, Tenerife, Madrid, Almeria, Malaga, Seville & Barcelona
• City destinations: Helsinki, Geneva, Venice, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Berlin & Basel
• Turkey: Istanbul, Bodrum & Dalaman
New routes for 2019 (18 routes: 16 international and 2 domestic):
Loganair to Islay
American Airlines to Philadelphia
Ryanair to Billund & Luxembourg
Delta Airlines to Boston
Jet 2 to Bodrum, Bourgas and Corfu
Loganair to Bergen, Stavanger & Guernsey
Alitalia to Milan (both Linate and Malpensa)
Great Dane Airlines to Aalborg
Lauda to Vienna
Wizz Air to Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw Chopin & Gdansk
Jet2 to Izmir