Glasgow Airport reports 4.2% rise while Aberdeen close to record highs, up more than 8%
Passenger numbers fell by 190,000 last year at Edinburgh Airport compared with the previous year to 9.2 million, new figures show.
New owner Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which acquired the airport from BAA in April of last year in an £807 million deal, said the airport has “lost some momentum” in 2012 as a result of a “challenging” 12 months.
German airline Lufthansa announced in April it was switching its Düsseldorf service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Airport.
December figures show passenger numbers dropped by 1.8 per cent on December 2011 figures to 580,000, mostly from a fall in the number of international passengers, down 3.4 per cent on the previous year.
Domestic passenger numbers also dropped 0.6 per cent on the previous year.
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "It's clear that we lost some momentum at the beginning of the year due to the sales process and the last months of BAA ownership.
“However, I'm delighted that with the work done on new route development since the airport was purchased by GIP, 2013 will see us offer Scottish passengers over 130 routes in 2013.”
Figures for Glasgow Airport, which remains under BAA ownership, reveal a 4.2 per cent rise in passenger numbers last year to nearly 7.2 million.
Glasgow Airport introduced new services to European international hubs, flying services to Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome last year, leading to a 6.4 per cent rise in international traffic on the previous year.
The top international destination flying from Glasgow was Dubai.
Domestic traffic at Glasgow also rose by 2.1 per cent on the previous year.
Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan said: "We worked extremely hard throughout 2012 against a backdrop of continued economic uncertainty, to expand our route network and provide passengers with greater choice.
“We had considerable success in attracting services such as Emirates' second daily flight to Dubai, which not only encouraged more people to fly to and from Glasgow but helped strengthen Scotland's connectivity with important global markets.”
Passenger numbers at Aberdeen International Airport rose more than eight per cent last year to 3.36 million – 525,000 of those being helicopter passengers.
Aberdeen's passenger numbers for 2012 were just below its all-time record of 3.4 million recorded in 2007.
December domestic and international traffic grew by 7.4 per cent and 5.1 per cent respectively though helicopter traffic dropped 14.9 per cent.
Managing director Derek Provan said: “The total for 2012 is very encouraging and we are in discussions with our airline partners to ensure that we continue to increase capacity on current services and bring new services to the north east.”