New figures have shown that Aberdeen airport grew faster than any other airport in the UK over the last 11 months.

Airport news for Aberdeen,Heathrow on 22/12/2011.

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According to newly released provisional data from the Civil Aviation Authority, Aberdeen airport’s passenger figures grew by a whopping 9.5 per cent between 1 January and 30 November, compared to the same period one year prior.

Meanwhile, the facility’s Scottish counterpart in Edinburgh grew by 6.5%, whilst further south, Manchester airport grew by 6 per cent over the same period.

And Heathrow grew by about 3.6 per cent in 2011, whilst Shetland’s Scatsta airport, which operates primarily for the offshore drilling industry, saw passenger figures increase by 3.6 per cent. Both John Lennon airport in Liverpool and Glasgow grew by 3.2 per cent, according to the CAA data, which only included airports that see at least 100,000 passengers annually.

Aberdeen’s success comes on the heels of a 124-metre extension to its runway. Derek Provan, managing director for the facility said that 2011 had proved to be a “very good year” but cautioned that the months ahead would likely be difficult.

Provan also criticised the Government’s recent move to once again raise Air Passenger Duty rates, saying that doing so puts Scotland at a competitive disadvantage and damages local tourism whilst other European nations have even scrapped the tax entirely.

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