Passenger numbers September 2014
Passenger numbers saw a further increase for the month of September, recording growth of 6.8% on the previous year. The airport handled 343,951 people over the month.
Helicopter passenger numbers were up by a remarkable 30%, however much of that growth can be attributed to the knock-on effect in September 2013 of the grounding of much of the fleet in the aftermath of the Sumburgh ditching. The fixed-wing passenger numbers grew by 3.7% with domestic and international passenger numbers both up.
In a statement, MD Carol Benzie said: “It has been another great month for our passenger numbers which is very pleasing to see. We are reporting growth across the board once again. The growth can be put into perspective when you consider that we are comparing September 2014 to September 2013, and last year we felt the impact of the Offshore Europe conference. To record 6.8% growth in a month without Offshore Europe in the numbers is unprecedented.
"Meanwhile, this weekend saw the start of the October break get-away and whilst it is too early to report on actual numbers, anecdotal evidence already suggests that it was another record weekend. My thanks go out to all the staff who helped the operation run so smoothly and to the passengers for their patience and co-operation.
In the coming weeks we will be seeing the re-launch of London City flights with Flybe, other new services including the introduction of their FlyShuttle service, and changes in the terminal to the security layout. As such there is a lot to look forward to.”