Records broken and awards won - October passenger numbers out now
October was a record-breaker at Aberdeen International Airport. During the month 356,687 passengers used the airport which was an increase of 8.8% on the previous year. There was growth in both the fixed wing flights and in the helicopter operation. Meanwhile the 10th October was the busiest day ever with 15,068 passengers using the airport, which beats the previous record set on the 21st July this year.
Roger Hunt is the Operations Director at the airport. He said: “We planned meticulously for the October get-away this year, recognising that it was set to be a busy time, and the hard work paid off. With growth comes capacity constraints and challenges and we are working hard to address these in the short and medium term. We recently made considerable changes to the airport security lay-out in order to dramatically reduce our congestion issues, and those changes are already supporting the operation. This was also a clear measure of our appetite to make necessary changes now, ahead of those planned in the future, as part of the Terminal Transformation project.”
Meanwhile, within the last 24 hours the team have been handed the top award at a prestigious aviation conference. The Airport Operators Association named Aberdeen “Best Airport (under 6 million passengers)” at their award ceremony last night. This award demonstrates the progress that has been made during 2014 in improving the facilities and the customer experience. In a statement a spokswoman said: "Of course we also acknowledge that there is still a considerable amount of work to be done to ensure that we can continue to provide an excellent service that compliments the growth we continue to experience. This award shows how highly Aberdeen is regarded within the industry and this is great news for the whole team."