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Big rise in airport passengers

Edinburgh and Glasgow airports
Image caption Edinburgh and Glasgow airports both reported increases in passenger numbers in March

The number of passengers travelling from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports showed a large increase in March.

Glasgow reported 606,117 people travelling through the airport last month, a 14% increase on the same period in 2014.

Edinburgh Airport reported a 6.8% rise, to 791,975 passengers.

For Glasgow it was the airport's 25th consecutive month of growth and its busiest March in seven years. International traffic grew by 22.3%.

This was mainly due to strong demand for European destinations, the airport said.

Domestic traffic at Glasgow grew by 8.2% with British Airways, Flybe and Loganair all reporting a strong demand for London and regional services.

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: "2015 has got off to a tremendous start and we are continuing to enjoy significant increases in our passenger numbers as a result of our popular and growing list of destinations."

At Edinburgh Airport, domestic passenger numbers rose by 8.7% in March to 432,935.

International traffic increased by 4.7%, with a total of 359,040 passengers travelling.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "March was a strong month for us and we saw a significant increase in the number of passengers travelling through our airport."

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