Edinburgh Airport: 200 new jobs from retail redevelopment

The new retailers have signed up on the back of the World Duty Free store which opened in November. Picture: Neil Hanna

The new retailers have signed up on the back of the World Duty Free store which opened in November. Picture: Neil Hanna

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EDINBURGH Airport today revealed a New Year jobs boost with the redevelopment of retail outlets creating more than 200 new posts.

The jobs will come from a series of retailers, including bar chain All Bar One, cashmere supplier Brora, Italian fashion house Max Mara, luxury goods chain Michael Kors, and clothing retailer Fatface, who are all due to open airside outlets.

These retailers are set to join existing businesses Superdrug, JD Sports and Flutes and Tails champagne bar, which opened in the final weeks of 2015.

It all comes on top of the official opening of the new World Duty Free store at the airport in November, which saw the creation of 44 new posts.

Airport bosses said the new jobs reflected the continuing growth in flights and passenger numbers.

And chief executive Gordon Dewar said they could lead to more airlines and more routes out of the Capital.

He said: “2015 was an incredible year for Edinburgh Airport; the growth in our passenger numbers is thanks to the increased choice of destinations and our commitment to improving the overall passenger experience.

“The expansion of the retail side of the business is a key element of our success. The fact is that Edinburgh Airport’s growth in the non-aero market allows us to be competitive and attract more airlines and more routes in and out of Scotland’s capital.

“Passengers have been taking full advantage of our excellent retail options like never before. And indeed all Edinburgh Airport passengers are benefitting with enhanced choice of destinations, including the 26 new routes between this winter and next summer.

“This strategy has not only seen passenger numbers grow to record levels, it benefits airlines too. It is good for us, good for our customers and ultimately – with the creation of more jobs and enhanced connectivity from the nation’s capital city – it is good for Scotland.”

Last month, Edinburgh Airport reported passenger numbers in November were up 12.4 per cent on the same period last year, making it the busiest November ever at a Scottish airport. And the 794,792 passengers who passed through its doors meant Edinburgh was as busy during one of the quietest months of the year as many UK regional airports are in the height of summer.

The airport has seen a big increase in international routes including easyJet and Ryanair’s services to European destinations, Qatar Airways’ increased service to Doha, strong performances by Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines and Norwegian’s new route to Tenerife.

The new jobs created include 32 at Superdrug, ten at JD Sports and six at Flutes and Tails champagne Bar. Anticipated posts to come include 70 at All Bar One from May; 25-30 at Next in May; and ten at Brora Cashmere, 35 at Max Mara and Michael Kors and 15 at Fatface, with dates yet to be confirmed.

ian.swanson@edinburghnews.com