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Checking in

Edinburgh Airport and BA are trialing offering customers the opportunity to check-in the day before you fly - which is very handy if you live locally or are staying overnight near the airport. You can drop off your baggage the day before, and relax without worrying about early morning check-in queues, instead heading straight to security.

Terms and conditions do apply, so you should check with BA for more information:

British Airways

Trial Period: 10th July 2013 - Until further notice

Opening hours: 18:00 - 20:00.

Eligible flights: All next-day flights departing before 10:00. Simply check in as normal in the BA check-in area between the above times

Charge: free.

Other conditions: all passengers must be present at check-in.

For further information visit the British Airways website



The check-in area is on the ground floor of the terminal. To find your check-in desk, look up your flight number on the information screens near the entrance.

How early to arrive

Please check your ticket or contact your airline for advice on checking in times. As a general guide, however:

  • Long-haul flights: check in three hours before scheduled departure.
  • European flights: check in two hours before scheduled departure.
  • UK and Ireland flights: check in one hour before scheduled departure.

After check-in you can proceed through security control to the departure lounge - to avoid any delays, you are advised to pass through security early. In the departure lounge, keep an eye on the information screens which show flight status updates and gate numbers. Boarding usually begins around 45 minutes before departure.

Self-service check-in

Self-service check-in is available to some passengers departing from Edinburgh and can be a great way to save time on your journey through the airport.

Simply use the self-service check-in kiosk and take any baggage to the bag drop location.

You'll then have plenty of time to enjoy the shops, bars and cafƩs, or just relax before your flight.

At Edinburgh Airport there are self-service check-in kiosks (near the standard check-in desks) for eligible passengers flying with:

  • bmibaby/bmi British Midland*
  • British Airways
  • Air France
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa

This service is not available to all passengers and destinations, so please check with your airline to see if you are eligible.

* Passengers travelling on standard or bmibaby tiny fares must use self-service check-in.

Online check-in

Passengers flying with British Airways, KLM Cityhopper (including passengers holding an e-ticket from Continental Airlines), bmi, Flybe and Lufthansa (with an etix electronic ticket) can check in online for flights departing from Edinburgh Airport.

Please check with your airline to see if this service is available for your journey, and please pay attention to the times given for dropping bags, collecting boarding cards and arriving at the gate.

Below are links to online check-in pages for some of the major airlines operating at Edinburgh.

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