100 new construction jobs provided during the build period
Edinburgh Airport is investing £25m in a significant expansion of the airport's terminal
building, creating the foundations of the airport's ambitious growth plans and providing
passengers with more space and a new state of the art security area.
The new 6000m2
facility will be built around a larger security area that will allow passengers
to move through that part of the airport faster and more efficiently. The use of extra space,
coupled with new technology, processes and training will mark a step change in the service
provided to UK airport passengers. There will also be new retail areas and a brand new
airline business centre.
The project is estimated to create over 100 construction jobs throughout the build period.
Edinburgh Airport chief executive, Gordon Dewar, said: "Our expansion is a significant mark
of our intent to transform our customers' experience of Edinburgh Airport through high
quality facilities, outstanding customer service and one of the best direct international route
networks in Europe.
"This investment is the first of a number of developments that will build Edinburgh Airport's
profile around the world, helping us to compete more energetically with other UK airports
and those in mainland Europe."
The extension will see the terminal move into the space currently occupied by the airport's
coach park, moving the terminal access closer to the new tram stop. By moving the security
area into this extension, valuable space within the terminal will be freed for more passenger
and retail spaces including the airport's first walk through store. Edinburgh Airport will offer
more choice to its passengers than ever before.
The Board of Edinburgh Airport has committed to investing £150m in Scotland's busiest
airport over the next five years to allow it to compete more energetically on the international
stage and to ensure that its facilities reflect the predicted growth in passenger numbers. This
new £25m terminal expansion is the first major project in an ambitious investment plan.
Work will begin in October 2013, with the new security product operational by late 2014.
The new retail space will follow in 2015.
Gordon Dewar added: "Our experience this summer, with unprecedented numbers of
passengers and airlines at Edinburgh, highlights our ongoing need to invest in facilities to
meet growing demand and to do so without any taxpayer support.
"We're keenly aware of our responsibility to be the place where Scotland meets the world.
This is an investment not just for in the future of the airport, but for Edinburgh and Scotland
and we are delighted to play our part in offering a warm welcome and, importantly, great
memories of our capital city.
"This is an excellent example of an exciting new development planned from beginning to end
in Edinburgh, which has taken months - and not years - to plan and implement. No
bureaucracy - just a clear focus on what our customers want. I'm grateful to the Board for
the support it has given my team in delivering for our passengers and airlines."
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "This exciting package of investment is yet another major boost
for our transport infrastructure ahead of 2014, which promises to be one of the most exciting
periods in our history when we host the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup and stage a
second year of Homecoming.
"It aims to improve service levels for passengers travelling through Edinburgh Airport.
"International interest in Scotland has never been greater and it is important we showcase our best
to the world from the moment visitors arrive at the airport and throughout their stay."
David Birrell, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: "A thriving airport is
of critical importance to Edinburgh as Scotland's capital, as its financial and cultural hub, and
as a gateway to the nation as a whole. The city is already benefitting from the knock-on effect
of a successful airport. The news of Edinburgh Airport's continued investment plans underline its commitment to delivering a quality customer experience, to attracting new
routes and ultimately to ongoing growth. That has to be good news for Edinburgh."
Cllr Frank Ross, Convenor of the Economy Committee, said: "Edinburgh is in a fiercely competitive
global market and a growing, successful Edinburgh Airport is absolutely crucial for keeping us wellconnected. While the city has weathered the recession very well we need more capacity to continue
attracting the tourists, students, investors and business visitors who help to create jobs for
Edinburgh residents. From next summer travellers will also have an attractive and efficient route
straight to the heart of the capital thanks to the tram service with its stop close to the terminal