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Press release for 2022 passenger numbers:

Edinburgh Airport records strong recovery in 2022

https://corporate.edinburghairport.com/edinburgh-airport-records-strong-recovery-in-2022

Edinburgh Airport has published its 2022 passenger traffic statistics, signalling a strong recovery compared with both the previous year and its busiest year on record, which was 2019.

A total of 11,261,873 people travelled through the airport in 2022, up from 3,031,140 in 2021. In 2019, the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport, Edinburgh Airport recorded 14.7 million passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:

“We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in passenger numbers in 2022, which we hope in turn reflects more economic activity across the country, as inbound visitors to Scotland provide a much-needed shot in the arm for our tourism and hospitality industries.

“There is little doubt that people want to travel – both from Scotland for holidays or business opportunities or those international tourists coming to experience the best of Scotland’s visitor attractions and beautiful places and landmarks.

“The important challenge for us, in partnership with the city, the Scottish Government and others, is to facilitate growth in a responsible way and in a way that protects the vast number of high-quality jobs that airports provide, both directly and indirectly through airlines, handling agents among others, and the supply chain that supports us all.”

The figures are published as a leading Scottish academic explores how Edinburgh Airport can shape a more prosperous Scottish economy, moving towards net zero, and how Scotland’s airports can provide sustainable growth by working more closely with the cities and wider areas they serve.

Professor Duncan Maclennan is looking at Edinburgh Airport’s broader role in civic Scotland, comparing and contrasting with international cities like Sydney and Toronto. The airport hopes Professor Maclennan’s report will start a national conversation in Scotland about the role of aviation in building stronger international trade connections.

Background

The airport announced in December that Professor Maclennan would be looking at Edinburgh Airport’s role in shaping a prosperous, net zero Scotland. The report was commissioned as part of the airport’s Greater Good sustainability strategy – click here for more.

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Press release for 2022 passenger numbers:

Edinburgh Airport records strong recovery in 2022

https://corporate.edinburghairport.com/edinburgh-airport-records-strong-recovery-in-2022

Edinburgh Airport has published its 2022 passenger traffic statistics, signalling a strong recovery compared with both the previous year and its busiest year on record, which was 2019.

A total of 11,261,873 people travelled through the airport in 2022, up from 3,031,140 in 2021. In 2019, the busiest ever year for a Scottish airport, Edinburgh Airport recorded 14.7 million passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:

“We are encouraged by the ongoing recovery in passenger numbers in 2022, which we hope in turn reflects more economic activity across the country, as inbound visitors to Scotland provide a much-needed shot in the arm for our tourism and hospitality industries.

“There is little doubt that people want to travel – both from Scotland for holidays or business opportunities or those international tourists coming to experience the best of Scotland’s visitor attractions and beautiful places and landmarks.

“The important challenge for us, in partnership with the city, the Scottish Government and others, is to facilitate growth in a responsible way and in a way that protects the vast number of high-quality jobs that airports provide, both directly and indirectly through airlines, handling agents among others, and the supply chain that supports us all.”

The figures are published as a leading Scottish academic explores how Edinburgh Airport can shape a more prosperous Scottish economy, moving towards net zero, and how Scotland’s airports can provide sustainable growth by working more closely with the cities and wider areas they serve.

Professor Duncan Maclennan is looking at Edinburgh Airport’s broader role in civic Scotland, comparing and contrasting with international cities like Sydney and Toronto. The airport hopes Professor Maclennan’s report will start a national conversation in Scotland about the role of aviation in building stronger international trade connections.

Background

The airport announced in December that Professor Maclennan would be looking at Edinburgh Airport’s role in shaping a prosperous, net zero Scotland. The report was commissioned as part of the airport’s Greater Good sustainability strategy – click here for more.


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Old 25th Jan 2023, 19:35
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https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...andemic-level/
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Old 25th Jan 2023, 20:02
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Originally Posted by Buster the Bear View Post
The CEO, on radio earlier this evening wasn’t holding back with his thoughts on why domestic numbers had slumped and failed to recover as quickly. He cited lack of political will to engage about a safe return to travel and un-necessary restrictions kept in place in Scotland longer than elsewhere in the UK. I wonder who he was referring to??
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 07:03
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Originally Posted by Planeraz View Post
The CEO, on radio earlier this evening wasn’t holding back with his thoughts on why domestic numbers had slumped and failed to recover as quickly. He cited lack of political will to engage about a safe return to travel and un-necessary restrictions kept in place in Scotland longer than elsewhere in the UK. I wonder who he was referring to??
Douglas Ross?
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 07:23
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Originally Posted by Planeraz View Post
The CEO, on radio earlier this evening wasn’t holding back with his thoughts on why domestic numbers had slumped and failed to recover as quickly. He cited lack of political will to engage about a safe return to travel and un-necessary restrictions kept in place in Scotland longer than elsewhere in the UK. I wonder who he was referring to??
Which radio programme was this statement made on?
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 11:59
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Originally Posted by tartan 201 View Post
Which radio programme was this statement made on?
Tay FM drive time. The attached article should leave no one in doubt what the CEO’s views are in relation to Sturgeon and her actions or in-actions.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...ning-aviation/
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 15:28
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Originally Posted by Planeraz View Post
Tay FM drive time. The attached article should leave no one in doubt what the CEO’s views are in relation to Sturgeon and her actions or in-actions.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...ning-aviation/
I'm afraid Gogs had lost a fair bit credibility over the years, taking a salary of £500K he was also appointed to the board of the Scottish Police Authority in 2021 but is seemingly no longer there. Perhaps asked to leave or out his depth as the newspaper articles show

https://www.spa.police.uk/news/2021/...ice-authority/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/new...olice-charged/

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...in-whore-joke/


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Originally Posted by tictack67 View Post
I'm afraid Gogs had lost a fair bit credibility over the years, taking a salary of £500K he was also appointed to the board of the Scottish Police Authority in 2021 but is seemingly no longer there. Perhaps asked to leave or out his depth as the newspaper articles show

https://www.spa.police.uk/news/2021/...ice-authority/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/new...olice-charged/

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...in-whore-joke/
I do remember that bizarre story of Gordon Dewar and the taxi incident! Apparently the CCTV didn't fully capture the incident - really?
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Another lounge potentially coming to the airport, along with a new convenience store.

Edinburgh Airport releases three prime advertising, lounge and retail opportunities

https://www.moodiedavittreport.com/e...opportunities/

Edinburgh Airport has revealed three major commercial opportunities for a new lounge, a convenience store and a contract to manage the Scottish travel hub’s advertising portfolio.

The airport company is seeking proposals for a 365sq m airside premium lounge unit to offer a “best in class” facility to passengers. The unit will occupy prime space in the international departures lounge, which enjoys high footfall due to its terminal location.

An opportunity also exists for a 359sq m convenience store in prime space that enjoys strong visibility from inside and outside Edinburgh’s single terminal.

The final opportunity is for the management of Edinburgh Airport’s advertising activities encompassing a diverse portfolio of approximately 70 media sites, both internal and external to the terminal.

In 2022, the airport served 76% of pre-pandemic 2019 passengers, with 11.2 million travellers passing through.

The Global Infrastructure Partners-owned travel hub works with airlines such as Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, KLM, British Airways, United, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and easyJet among others.

Edinburgh Airport offers connections to 154 destinations, including Doha, Istanbul, New York, Chicago, Toronto and mainland Europe.

Edinburgh Airport Director of Retail and Property Gail Taylor said: “The return of passengers to Edinburgh Airport in 2022 was incredibly encouraging. The demand we saw for travel as people reconnected with one another and explored new places was a boost to the whole industry.

“We are proud to offer our passengers a fantastic choice of retail outlets and food & beverage options, but we are always looking to expand that choice and bring new partners and brands into Scotland’s busiest airport.

“We think the potential to have a customer base of 11 million people – a number we are confident will return to pre-pandemic levels within the next couple of years [14.7 million passengers in 2019 -Ed] – is an exciting opportunity for both the airport and new and existing retail outlets. We would be keen to hear from potential new partners about how we can work together and bring choice to our passengers.”
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Is the convenience store just a replacement for the store that was at the top of the escalators?

Are they trying to fill the old FlyBe lounge space? Can’t visualise where else unless Aspire are pulling out of one of there 2 locations.

Opportunity for EK lounge for there so far failed to materialise return 😉😉😉
(I am only kidding before anyone take this as a serious suggestion)
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Old 26th Jan 2023, 19:53
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Originally Posted by Sk1schoolsam View Post
Is the convenience store just a replacement for the store that was at the top of the escalators?

Are they trying to fill the old FlyBe lounge space? Can’t visualise where else unless Aspire are pulling out of one of there 2 locations.

Opportunity for EK lounge for there so far failed to materialise return 😉😉😉
(I am only kidding before anyone take this as a serious suggestion)
Their article about it pictures the Aspire lounge near gate 4 so I guess it's that one?

https://corporate.edinburghairport.c...-opportunities
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‘Best in class’ lounge would need to be seriously impressive. Outside premium airline owned lounges, Ive yet to experience something that could fulfil that. All those ‘On The Beach’ free lounge passers need to go somewhere!
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Originally Posted by tartan 201 View Post
Their article about it pictures the Aspire lounge near gate 4 so I guess it's that one?

https://corporate.edinburghairport.c...-opportunities

Looking at landside map of terminal, unit R202/203 does appear to be the space currently occupied by M&S. The “opportunity” advertised today therefore would suggest that M&S is about to leave the airport. Which supermarket or other known convenience store brand would be a likely replacement? Can’t see it being Nisa Local!
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Originally Posted by Planeraz View Post
Looking at landside map of terminal, unit R202/203 does appear to be the space currently occupied by M&S. The “opportunity” advertised today therefore would suggest that M&S is about to leave the airport. Which supermarket or other known convenience store brand would be a likely replacement? Can’t see it being Nisa Local!
Disappointing if M&S are leaving - downgrade to a Tesco express or opportunity to upgrade to a Waitrose 😉

Not surprised Aspire are leaving the Gate 4 lounge - post pandemic I have never seen it open. I always head to the one above Gate 16.

What airlines tend to leave from Gates 1- 4 these days?
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Originally Posted by Sk1schoolsam View Post
Disappointing if M&S are leaving - downgrade to a Tesco express or opportunity to upgrade to a Waitrose 😉

Not surprised Aspire are leaving the Gate 4 lounge - post pandemic I have never seen it open. I always head to the one above Gate 16.

What airlines tend to leave from Gates 1- 4 these days?
Peak summer, gates 1-4 used by multiple airlines. Long haul - mostly United with their 752’s and gate 4 for the 764 used on IAD route. Shorthaul/European - Jet2, Aer Lingus/Emerald, EZY and KLM. S23 with at least another two wide bodies - Westjet 789, additional DL 763 and potentially a second daily 788 or bigger 359 from Qatar, gates with air bridges will be in constant use.
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Aer Lingus/Emerald are increasing Edinburgh by an extra 11 rotations per week from the end of March

Dublin to Edinburgh from 31 to 38 PWBelfast City to Edinburgh from 22 to 26pw
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Might be seeing the A359 back on DOH-EDI with QR more permanently soon now that they have settled their dispute with Airbus:

https://www.qatarairways.com/en/pres...ettlement.html
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Might be seeing the A359 back on DOH-EDI with QR more permanently soon now that they have settled their dispute with Airbus:

https://www.qatarairways.com/en/pres...ettlement.html
Hopefully, QR may soon be in a position to confirm S23 schedules from EDI and the other UK airports. SeanM on Twitter commented earlier today that slots issues may be the reason why QR, so far, have not confirmed their S23 schedules.
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