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Edinburgh Airport celebrates first birthday under new owners

Edinburgh Airport is celebrating the first anniversary of its new ownership under Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).

The sale in June last year triggered a year of transformation for Scotland's busiest airport and has given it a renewed focus on providing its passengers with the best experience possible.

Edinburgh Airport is marking the event by remembering some of the highlights from the last 12 months, including the introduction of a number of new domestic and international routes which are flourishing, and also by looking to the future and what improvements new investment will bring.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "The last 12 months have seen some tremendous changes at Edinburgh Airport. Since our new owners came on board, our new management team has prioritised the development of Edinburgh's route network and passionately driven our desire to provide passengers with the best experience.

"The last year has indeed been challenging but these are exciting times for Edinburgh Airport with some heavy investment planned to ensure increased aircraft capacity and improvements in terminal facilities, surface access and car parking.

"We've entered 2013 with a renewed focus on our passengers and will continue to prioritise the development of new routes. In addition to this we also have a new brand which sets us apart from other airports. We now stand alone and we're responsible for ensuring that Edinburgh Airport provides nothing short of a warm and friendly welcome to all passengers. It is a responsibility we relish.

"The next few months will be hugely exciting for Edinburgh Airport. With Turkish Airlines' extremely popular service to Istanbul now operating daily and Air Canada Rouge set to launch its first direct service to Toronto since 2009 in July, the future certainly looks bright."

On Friday passengers were able to join in with the celebrations when a custom designed cake in the shape of the airport's air traffic control tower was delivered and handed out.