HIAL passenger numbers up by 10%

Published on : Saturday, November 16, 2013

hial-logoThe number of air passengers using Scotland’s regional airports grew by more than 10% last month.

Latest figures show that HIAL – which operates 11 airports across Scotland –
recorded 127,137 passengers in October, an increase of 12,124 (+10.5%) on October
2012.

Sumburgh added 9,464 passengers in the month, the result of increased oil sector
and scheduled traffic, while Inverness recorded an extra 2,968 passengers (+5.4%)
following growth on the Amsterdam, Bristol, Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester
routes.

It was another strong month for Kirkwall, where passenger numbers grew by 1,545
as a result of higher demand for routes to and from the mainland and additional oil
sector movements.

Growth was more modest at Wick John O’ Groats, with numbers up by 842.
Elsewhere, Campbeltown, Benbecula and Islay also reported an increased in
passenger numbers.

However, numbers were down at Barra, Stornoway, Tiree and Dundee airports.
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: “Across the group, we have added more
than 60,000 passengers this financial year, much of it energy related but a significant
proportion as a result of increased demand for scheduled routes, particularly at
Inverness. With the number of visitors to Scotland up in the first half of this year,
and a host of activities in 2014 set to place Scotland on the stage as a world class destination, we are confident that we can continue to attract more passengers
through our airports.”

Source:- HIA

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