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Edinburgh Airport Masterplan Launched

Edinburgh Airport has today (Wednesday) launched its masterplan, the document that describes how the airport will develop and grow over the next 30 years.

The airport, recently named as the best in Europe for its class, consulted across Scotland at the beginning of the year on its vision for the future.   It spoke all those that have an interest in the airport, from local communities to the Scottish Government, via a dedicated consultation website, public meetings, face to face briefings and written formal responses

It has now collated all of the responses and finalised its masterplan which will now guide airport development for the next 5 years, until the next review.

The final masterplan is available on Edinburgh Airport’s website –

Kevin Brown, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, said:   “The masterplan is our vision for our airport, the blueprint for its development over the coming years.  It is a document that shows Edinburgh Airport, as Scotland’s busiest airport, playing a crucial role in the growth and prosperity of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scotland as a whole.

“We had an excellent and positive response to our consultation.   Many agree with our growth figures and are supportive of having a strong and growing airport in Edinburgh.  Equally, they value our responsible and sustainable approach to our development.

“The bulk of responses focus on our surface access links and the choice that passengers have in accessing our terminal.

“We will be reviewing our surface access strategy during the remainder of 2011 and consulting widely on our public transport provision.”

The masterplan follows the principles of the UK Government’s 2003 White Paper, The Future of Air Transport, which set out the framework for the future development of major UK airports, including Edinburgh Airport.

The document is an update of 2006’s masterplan and describes how Edinburgh intends to deliver the White Paper’s aims, in a sustainable and responsible manner.

It sets out in detail how Edinburgh Airport will develop up to the year 2020, and the terminal and airfield facilities required to meet the forecast growth in air travel. It also looks in more general terms at the period up to 2040.

Importantly, it demonstrates how Edinburgh can continue to develop as a world class airport, maximising the positive social and economic impacts of aviation, while mitigating against the environmental impacts of air travel.

The main points of the masterplan are:


  • Passengers numbers will grow from 9 million to 12.3 million per annum
  • Aircraft movements will increase from 116,200 to 141,300 per annum
  • Construction of new hangars and aircraft stands
  • Working to deliver improved transport facilities at and to the airport
  • Development will be largely within our own boundary


  • Passenger numbers could grow to 20.5 million per annum, with over half travelling to and from international destinations
  • Aircraft movements could increase to 200,600 per annum

Notes to Editors

  1. Airports are required to produce a masterplan every 5 years.  This 2011 masterplan supersedes Edinburgh Airport’s 2006 document.
  2. The full masterplan can be accessed here:
  3. Photography is available on request.