Delta Air Lines increase from initial five days a week offering for summer 2023.
A total of 11,261,873 people travelled through the airport in 2022, up from 3,031,140 in 2021. In 2019, the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport, Edinburgh Airport recorded 14.7 million passengers.
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Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in passenger numbers in 2022, which we hope in turn reflects more economic activity across the country, as inbound visitors to Scotland provide a much-needed shot in the arm for our tourism and hospitality industries.
“There is little doubt that people want to travel – both from Scotland for holidays or business opportunities or those international tourists coming to experience the best of Scotland’s visitor attractions and beautiful places and landmarks.
“The important challenge for us, in partnership with the city, the Scottish Government and others, is to facilitate growth in a responsible way and in a way that protects the vast number of high-quality jobs that airports provide, both directly and indirectly through airlines, handling agents among others, and the supply chain that supports us all.”
The figures are published as a leading Scottish academic explores how Edinburgh Airport can shape a more prosperous Scottish economy, moving towards net zero, and how Scotland’s airports can provide sustainable growth by working more closely with the cities and wider areas they serve.
Professor Duncan Maclennan is looking at Edinburgh Airport’s broader role in civic Scotland, comparing and contrasting with international cities like Sydney and Toronto. The airport hopes Professor Maclennan’s report will start a national conversation in Scotland about the role of aviation in building stronger international trade connections.
Atlanta moves to daily flights at Edinburgh Airport
Delta Air Lines is increasing its Edinburgh Airport to Atlanta route to a daily service thanks to continued strong demand for transatlantic travel. The service was initially set to operate five times per week when it was first announced last September but that will now increase to seven times per week from 25 May to 5 September.
It means Delta will operate daily services on all its Edinburgh routes this summer – New York JFK, which is all year round, and the two seasonal routes to Boston and Atlanta.
Kate Sherry, Aviation Director at Edinburgh Airport said: “This is very exciting news as we continue to increase Edinburgh’s already strong North American connectivity and provide choice to people looking for transatlantic travel. We know Edinburgh Airport and the Edinburgh market has a strong appeal for our partners and for people looking to experience as much as they can of what Scotland has to offer, and we already have Georgia on our minds as we look to welcome this latest addition to the capital.”
Clare Black, Delta’s General Manager Home Markets said: “Delta is delighted to offering daily nonstop service to Atlanta – the world’s leading hub and gateway to the Americas which will allow even more opportunities for travel between Edinburgh and the United States.”
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