Aberdeen Airport reports May figures

Figures released by Aberdeen International Airport have shown that 270,000 passengers travelled through the airport in May, a decrease of 10.4% compared to the same period last year.

International traffic remained strong and was on par with the same period last year showing only a slight dip of 0.5%.

Domestic traffic was down 13.9%, due in part to the reduction in capacity following the withdrawal in September of Little Red’s Heathrow service. Helicopter traffic was down 15.5%.

Commenting, Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “I have been extremely encouraged by the performance of our international traffic which clearly demonstrates the opportunity that exists for leisure capacity here in Aberdeen.

“Demand for Wizz Air’s twice weekly service to Warsaw, which launched last month, has been very strong and the same can be said for Icelandair’s Reykjavik route.

“Our ability to secure routes such as these, which play a significant role in supporting the economy, is being severely hampered by the impact of Air Passenger Duty (APD).

“In our recent submission to the Scottish Government’s consultation on APD we called for progress on this policy as a matter of urgency to ensure that the north east of Scotland can make a swift recovery.

“In addition to acting as a barrier to securing new services, APD makes it extremely challenging to maintain vital, existing domestic services. Its reduction and eventual abolition will undoubtedly play a major role in strengthening our connectivity, ensuring we are ready to respond when our economy recovers,” she added.

May saw the first phase of Aberdeen International Airport’s ambitious £20 million terminal transformation project get underway.

The redevelopment will see a 50% extension of the existing terminal – the biggest upgrade since it first opened in 1977.

The current domestic and international reclaim facilities have been temporarily relocated to allow construction of the new two-storey extension. The domestic baggage reclaim has been relocated to a temporary facility just outside the main terminal building in the lower forecourt. And the international baggage reclaim facility and passport control are temporarily located on an aircraft stand just outside the international walkway.