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New routes boost Edinburgh Airport passenger numbers

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Image caption Several new international routes were launched at Edinburgh last month, including a service to Philadelphia

New international routes have helped drive an increase in passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport.

A total of 517,543 passengers travelled through the airport to international destinations in May.

This was 5.7% more than the same period last year.

Edinburgh said the rise was largely due to the launch of new routes last month, including EasyJet services to Bodrum, Turkey, and Heraklion, Greece, and Jet2's service to Verona, Italy.

Swiss carrier Edelweiss also launched a flight to Zurich.

Three long-haul routes also started, linking the airport with Chicago and Philadelphia in the US and Doha in Qatar.

A total of just over 937,000 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, a 3.5% increase on May 2013.

Domestic passenger numbers rose by 0.9% to 419,550.

'Tremendous month'

The airport's chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: "May was a tremendous month for us at Edinburgh Airport.

"We enjoyed two of our most successful weeks ever when we launched four international airline routes, something which we've never experienced before.

"We worked hard with our city partners to deliver Edinburgh's first Middle Eastern route and we're looking forward to a successful partnership with Qatar Airways who are operating Scotland's first scheduled Dreamliner.

"The success of these new routes will enhance our global connectivity and ensure we continue to provide our passengers with the best choice possible."

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