Passenger growth continued at HIAL In September
20th October 2013
Passenger numbers grew by more than 11,000 at Scotland’s regional airports last month.
Latest figures show that HIAL’s 11 airports handled 126,672 passengers in September, an increase of 11,229 (+9.7%) on the same month last year.
There was particularly strong growth at Wick John O’Groats and Sumburgh, the result of increased energy traffic and growing demand for scheduled passenger services. Loganair have recently increased capacity between Wick John O’Groats and Edinburgh, and are set to provide more flights between Sumburgh and Glasgow from November.
At Islay, numbers were boosted by an influx of visitors to the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival. Kirkwall, Inverness and Islay also enjoyed an increase in passenger numbers, with Inverness recording growth on its Amsterdam, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester routes.
However, numbers were down at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Stornoway and Tiree airports.
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL said: “These figures are hugely encouraging, not least the boost in summer passenger numbers and the massive increase in demand for the Inverness to Amsterdam route, now in its third year, and still exceeding expectations. However, the drop in passenger numbers at many of our smaller airports illustrates that demand is not uniformly strong.
“We have added almost 50,000 extra passengers so far in this financial year which, given the distinct challenges some of our airports face, is particularly encouraging. Business and tourism growth is essential for the regional economy of Scotland, particularly in our more remote locations. In recent months, we have secured additional passenger services at Campbeltown, Inverness, Wick John O’Groats and Sumburgh and we are continuing to look at new opportunities for growth throughout the HIAL group.”
September passenger totals
• BARRA 872(-16%)
• BENBECULA 2620 (-17.6%)
• CAMPBELTOWN 933 (-4.5%)
• DUNDEE 2461 (-53.6%)
• INVERNESS 59388 (+3.1%)
• ISLAY 2718 (+7.1%)
• KIRKWALL 15975 (+10.6%)
• STORNOWAY 10921 (-5%)
• SUMBURGH 25447 (+58.5%)
• TIREE 703 (-0.4%)
• WICK JOHN O’GROATS 4634 (+119.1%)
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Flybe's franchise partner Eastern Airways has flights to Wick from Aberdeen and would have been in danger if the company had gone bust. Flybe has agreed Â£110m rescue deal.
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