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Passengers up at Glasgow Airport, but Edinburgh still ahead


Passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport rebounded last month, after June's terror attack. Figures from BAA Scotland revealed that 869,305 passengers passed though the airport in August - just under 5,000 more than in the same month last year. However, for the second month running, Edinburgh was Scotland's busiest airport, and it now has a 95,000 passenger lead on a rolling 12 month basis.

Figures released by BAA last month showed passenger numbers at Glasgow Airport fell in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on June 30. However, the airport operator said passengers were back up to more normal levels in August, long haul routes including Dubai, New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver and Calgary performing particularly strongly.

Although up by 0.5% compared to the same month a year ago, growth at Glasgow lagged Edinburgh Airport, which saw a jump by 10% in August to 894,000. Edinburgh was boosted by international traffic up more than 22% compared with last year, due to the increasing popularity of the city's festivals.

In the 12 months to the end of August 8.8m passenger passed through Glasgow Airport, compared to 8.9m at Edinburgh Airport. Traditionally, strong performance from Glasgow in the summer months with holiday charter flights has kept it ahead of its rival over the course of the year. However, this year it's growth had already been considerably slower even before the terror attack and, with Edinburgh usually busier in the winter months, the current lead is likely to widen.

Aberdeen Airport remained the fastest growing of BAA's Scottish airports, with 316,248 passengers in August - an increase of 13% on the previous year. In total, BAA's 3 Scottish airports handled 2.1 million passengers in August, up 6.3% on the previous year. More than 21 million people passed through the airports in the last 12 months, with international passengers increasing by almost 10% during the period. However, cargo transported from Scottish airports dropped by 40.3%.

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