Passenger numbers drop in August

Latest figures reveal passenger numbers have fallen at Aberdeen International Airport in August.
Latest figures reveal passenger numbers have fallen at Aberdeen International Airport in August.

Figures released by Aberdeen International Airport have shown that 283,739 passengers travelled through the airport in August, a decrease of 11.7% compared to the same period last year.

International and domestic traffic was down 9.2% and 12.2% respectively, with helicopter traffic down 15.8%.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It’s disappointing to see that our passenger numbers are currently being affected by the decline in the local economy, but our ongoing terminal transformation project shows that we are planning ahead and looking forward to a positive future.

“Our three-year project will see a 50% increase in the size of the existing terminal and is a significant investment for the city, in spite of the North Sea oil downturn. The news that we are also strengthening our route network with new year-round services to Alicante and Malaga is another welcome boost for the local area during this challenging time.”

Ryanair announced in July that they will return to Aberdeen in February next year with twice-weekly flights to Alicante and Malaga, two of the most requested routes in a leisure survey conducted by the airport earlier this year.

Work on Aberdeen International Airport’s ambitious £20million terminal transformation project has begun. Phase one, which will deliver new arrivals and immigration facilities and new business lounges on the upper level, is due to be completed in June 2017. The redevelopment is the biggest upgrade to the airport since it first opened in 1977.