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Step1: Check-in

WHERE

There are many ways to check in for your flight at Edinburgh Airport. These include:

  • Online check in
  • Mobile check in
  • Self-service check in
  • Desk check in

Checking in before you arrive at the airport is the easiest, fastest and most convenient method; time to select your seats, print your boarding pass and prepare your documents before arriving at the airport.

If you’ve checked in before arriving at the airport, you can skip straight to Step 2: Bag Drop. If you’ve checked in before arriving at the airport and don’t have bags to check-in, you can skip to Step 3: Security.

Online check-in

Use online check-in to select seats and print boarding passes via the internet, before you get to the airport. Then when you arrive, just drop your baggage at the bag-drop desk and you're ready to go departures.

You cannot use an image of an online boarding pass on your mobile phone as a boarding pass. Online boarding passes must be printed to paper.

All airlines operating from Edinburgh airport offer an online check-in facility. Further information can be found on your airline’s website. Please note that passengers who have checked in online will still need to arrive in good time for their flight. Please pay close attention to the bag drop and departure gate closure times stated by your airline.

** ALL passengers travelling with easyJet and Ryanair MUST check-in online.

Mobile check-in

If your mobile phone can accept pictures you may be able to use mobile check-in to select seats and receive a mobile boarding pass. If you check-in using your airline’s Mobile app, your boarding card is sent directly to your phone.

Show this to the agent at the bag drop desk if you have hold baggage to drop off. For access to security control, you’ll need to scan the mobile boarding pass on the barcode reader of the self-service access gate.

The airlines below provide a Mobile check-in service. Please refer to your airline’s website for information and guidance on using this service.

Hint: search your airline’s website on your mobile phone’s web browser, the airlines mobile site should open. Here you’ll find further information about mobile check-in.

Airlines offering mobile check-in for Edinburgh departures

  • Air France
  • CityJet
  • easyJet**
  • Flybe
  • KLM
  • KLM Cityhopper
  • Lufthansa
  • SAS
  • SN Brussels
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Vueling
  • Virgin Atlantic Little Red

* Please note that passengers who have checked in on their mobile phones still need to arrive in good time for their flight. Please pay close attention to the times given by your airline for dropping bags and arriving at the gate.

Self-service check-in

Use a self-service kiosk at the airport to choose your seat and print your boarding card, then take your baggage to the bag-drop facility. Airline staff will be on hand to assist with the check-in process and to answer any queries you may have.

Groups of up to a maximum of nine passengers can check-in and select their seats in one transaction.

Airlines offering self-service check-in at Edinburgh

Passengers travelling on scheduled services with all of the airlines below (to any destination) can check-in using our self-service kiosks.

  • Air France
  • British Airways*
  • CityJet
  • Flybe
  • KLM
  • KLM Cityhopper
  • Loganair (operated by FlyBe)
  • Lufthansa
  • Virgin Atlantic Little Red

*Passengers travelling with British Airways will also receive the baggage label for their hold baggage if they use the Self-service kiosk to check-in. A British Airways agent will be on hand to assist.

Desk check in

All check-in and bag drop desks together with airline ticket desks are located on the ground floor of the main terminal building.

You will find flight information boards close to all main entrances. Find your check-in desk by looking up your flight number on these screens. You can also use the Edinburgh Airport mobile app; if your flight is open for check-in the desk numbers will be shown against your flight number on the “departures” page.

WHEN

How early to arrive

The majority of flights at Edinburgh Airport will open for check-in 2 hours before the scheduled departure time, however, please refer to the table below for information by airline.

You should aim to arrive at the airport no earlier than the times indicated below.

Check-in opens 2 hours before scheduled departure time

  • Aer Arann
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air France
  • Air Transat
  • Blue 1
  • bmi Regional
  • CityJet
  • First Choice
  • Fly Niki
  • Flybe
  • Germanwings
  • Iberia
  • Iceland Express
  • KLM
  • KLM Cityhopper
  • Loganair
  • Lufthansa
  • Minoan Air
  • OLT Express
  • Ryanair
  • SAS
  • SN Brussels
  • Vueling
  • Wideroe

Check-in opens 3 hours before scheduled departure time

  • Air Canada Rouge
  • British Airways
  • First Choice
  • Jet2.com
  • Jet2 holidays
  • Norwegian
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Check-in opens 2.5 hours before scheduled departure time

  • easyJet
  • Ryanair
  • Passengers are strongly advised to check with their airline that their flight is operating as scheduled BEFORE leaving for the airport. You can do this using your airline’s website, Mobile phone app or customer service centre.