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Pickup & Dropoff reopens after £1.6 million redevelopment: changes you need to know about

Last updated Jun 30, 2023

Edinburgh Airport's charged Pickup & Dropoff zone has fully reopened following a £1.6 million project to redevelop the facility.

Works to transform the area, on the ground floor of the multi-storey, got underway at the start of the year and in January the pick-up zone was temporarily moved to the Terminal car park as a result.

However all traffic wishing to use the charged Pickup and Dropoff can now return to the multi-storey, with some changes for drivers and passengers to be aware of.

So what are the changes?

This redevelopment is designed to create modern, safer and more user-friendly facility for picking up and dropping off in time for the busy summer 2023 season.

The revamped zone allows drivers to use a new one-way system, spread across four different lanes, with digital signage on entry displaying which lanes have available spaces to pick up or drop off.

Pickup dropoff project aerial

Improved walkways and crossings will also be brought in for passengers going to or from the terminal, and new lighting will make the area more appealing.

From Monday, July 17 the cost of using the facility for up to ten minutes will be £5 – an increase of £1 on the current price. This takes the charge in line with those in place at other Scottish airports.

Discounts of 50% for local residents and electric vehicle users will remain in place, with the free Pickup and Dropoff area also being retained to provide choice for passengers.

The proceeds of the Pickup & Dropoff fee goes towards:

  • Enhancing passenger experience by allowing the airport to attract new routes, destinations and airlines to increase connectivity, and provide choice for passengers.

  • Improving infrastructure at the airport, such as the recent £75 million terminal expansion and the new Pickup & Dropoff Zone.

  • Supporting our sustainability efforts, such as the installation of a solar farm on our airfield

  • Our Community Fund which allocates money to local groups and charities every year.

Use our free Pickup & Dropoff area

Choice lies at the heart of everything we do, and passengers are reminded that there's also a free pick-up and drop-off zone in the Long Stay car park.

Anyone wishing to use this zone can stop for 30-minutes without charge.

This is the perfect option for those who perhaps have a little more time, and don't mind walking from the car park to the terminal building.

Further improvements are also planned to free Pickup & Dropoff in the future.

Visit our Pickup & Dropoff webpage for more information.

Find out more about the public transport options

With excellent tram and bus services connecting the airport with Edinburgh and wider Scotland there are a number of different choices for passengers.

Find out more about the different transport options available to those travelling to and from Edinburgh airport here.

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