Edinburgh airport has seen a recent decline in passengers, officials said on Tuesday.

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Edinburgh airport has seen a recent decline in passengers, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest figures from the facility’s operating firm Global Infrastructure Partners revealed that about 525,600 travellers moved through the Scottish gateway in January, marking a decline of 5.7 per cent from the same month one year prior.

Experts blame the drop on winter weather last month that resulted in the closure of several airports in the region, despite Edinburgh having remained open throughout January.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh airport’s chief executive, told the media that the results were “disappointing” and come in spite of the airport’s snow crews doing a “remarkable job”.

The news comes just ahead of the Six Nations rugby tournament set to take place in the Scottish capital. Mr Dewar said that his organisation is looking forward to providing the “best possible welcome” for the influx of rugby fans.

Dewar went on to say that the outlook for the airport is “good”, noting that management expects to see growing traveller numbers as a result of new deals with Ryanair and Easyjet, in addition to seasonal affects.

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