Festival helps Edinburgh airport reach a record August

More than 1.4 million people used Edinburgh airport in August as passenger numbers continue to soar.

The airport reported a record August and its second busiest month ever as it handled 1.4 million passengers.

July was its busiest month ever with 1.41 million passengers.

Visitors from across the globe and the rest of the UK flew in to experience Edinburgh’s famous festivals, with international visitors up 11.4% year-on-year.

Gordon Dewar , airport chief executive, said: “Edinburgh, and Scotland, is one of the most scenic and attractive destinations throughout the whole year but the festival season is famous the world over and adds that special extra something.

“The attraction of those festivals was a driver in what is another record month for the airport and it was also the first time we’ve had two consecutive months of 1.4 million-plus passengers, which is incredible.”

He added: “That growth is fantastic for the city and the country and is only going to continue, which is why we’re extending the terminal building as part of an £80 million investment plan to help the airport handle forecasted record number of passengers.”

Picture shows a fire-juggling unicyclist performing at the Edinburgh Festival. ©VisitBritain/Grant Pritchard.