Further fall in passenger numbers at airport

A total of 272,292 passengers travelled through the airport in October, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same month last year.
A total of 272,292 passengers travelled through the airport in October, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same month last year.

Figures released by Aberdeen International Airport have shown that 272,292 passengers travelled through the airport in October, a decrease of 9.7% compared to the same month last year.

International and domestic traffic were both down 8% with helicopter traffic down 20%.

Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “Our focus throughout 2016 has been on adding the routes and services our customers demand. I’m pleased to say that despite having to contend with the continued downturn in the wider economy we have enjoyed a great deal of success.

“We have secured eight new routes and services this year, four of which will take off in the New Year. Both airBaltic and Ryanair will make a welcome return in 2017, however, if we are to continue to preserve and grow Aberdeen’s connectivity it is important the issue of Air Passenger Duty (APD) is addressed.

“In addition to acting as a barrier to securing new services, APD makes it extremely challenging to maintain vital, existing services, so I would urge the Scottish Government to implement the proposed 50% cut in APD as a matter of urgency.”