Passenger numbers down

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The latest figures released by Aberdeen International Airport have revealed a 14% decline in passenger numbers for March.

Domestic traffic was down 19%with international traffic continuing to remain strong showing a slight dip of 1.7%.

Commenting on the figures, Carol Benize, MD of Aberdeen International Airport said: “Given the performance of the wider economy we fully expected a challenging start to the year.

“However, we have continued to work hard on providing passengers with more choice by securing new routes and I remaind encouraged by our international traffic.

“There is a real opportunity for leisure capacity in Aberdeen and airlines such as Icelandair and Wizz Air have already demonstrated their confidence in the market with the launch of important new routes.

“Both Thomson and Flybe will follow suit in the comng months during which time we will make real progress on our £20m investment programme.

“We have completed the initial preparatory works and our temporary baggage reclaim facilities will go live in May when construction works on the new 5,800 sqm extension will get underway.”

The £20m investment will result in a 50% increase in the size of the terminal building, including two new passenger lounges.