Offshore Europe week a record success at Aberdeen Airport
More than 82,000 people passed through Aberdeen Airport during the week of Offshore Europe 2009 – according to figures just released today.
82,297 people used the terminal, making this a record year with 10,000 more passengers than during Offshore Europe 2007.
Visitors began arriving from right around the globe on the Saturday before the show began (4th September) and were still leaving by the start of the following week.
Terminal teams worked tirelessly to make sure the massive influx of passengers could be accommodated and were all processed safely.
Not only was it a huge week for passenger numbers, but some of the airport retailers also broke records. A staggering 833 bottles of malt whiskey were bought by passengers on their way home - the top sales, a £950 bottle of Glen Garioch, and a 30 year old MacAllan at £899.
Aberdeen Airport Managing Director Kevin Brown said, “These figures are really encouraging for everyone who works on the airport campus, we all pulled together to help each other, and this shows it paid off.
“It was an incredibly busy week in the terminal and a lot of hard work went in to preparing for it.
“The airport itself played a big part in the success of the whole show, and in turn the knock-on benefits for the whole area. When flights landed, it was the first chance for many of our visitors to see Aberdeen and the North-east, and I am pleased that they got to see it in such a good light.”
The airport also had a presence at the show itself, a stand which was shared with some airline partners and attracted a steady stream of visitors.