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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Airport numbers continue to soar
Aircraft taking off at Edinburgh Airport
Air passenger numbers in Scotland climbed to a record high
Passenger numbers flying through Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports rose to a record 20.3 million last year, statistics show.

Operator BAA Scotland said all three airports witnessed an increase, with Aberdeen showing the biggest rise of 9.5% to 2.95 million people.

Twenty seven new services were introduced including flights to Pakistan, Egypt and Switzerland.

BAA Scotland's Stephen Baxter said demand was at an "all-time high".

Glasgow remained Scotland's busiest airport, ending the year with 8.8 million passengers, equivalent to a rise of 2.4%.

This has been a year of rising passenger numbers, matched by rising investment in our airports
Stephen Baxter
BAA Scotland

Edinburgh Airport handled 8.5 million passengers, up 5.6% on the previous year.

International traffic rose by 8.7% on the previous 12 months.

Palma was Glasgow's busiest international destination, with Dubai the most popular long-haul spot.

Domestic traffic from the three airports grew by 2.2%.

Airport upgrades

BAA Scotland said the figures marked a renewed commitment to "connect Scotland to the rest of the world".

Mr Baxter said: "This has been a year of rising passenger numbers, matched by rising investment in our airports.

"With passenger demand at an all-time high, and set to grow further, BAA Scotland is working hard to deliver a world-class transport infrastructure."

The company said it invested more than 46m upgrading its three airports, including 11m on Edinburgh's new Air Traffic Control tower and 10m on a major expansion of Glasgow's international pier.

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