TV preview: Inside Edinburgh Airport, BBC One, 9pm

Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Edinburgh Airport. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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RECENTLY taken over by a new management team, Edinburgh Airport is undergoing major changes.

Originally built to carry one million passengers annually, Edinburgh has grown to become the fifth busiest airport in Britain.

Can the staff cope with ten times as many passengers during the busiest year in its history?

In last week’s episode, new boarding pass scanners caused confusion and management were forced to descend to the shop floor to help on the busiest day of the year as 40,000 passengers passed through the airport... just as the main baggage belt failed.

Cameras were also on hand to catch Richard Branson launch his Little Red service to London Heathrow as well as the arrival of a new Dreamliner aircraft.

Tonight, in the final episode of this two-part documentary series, the airport carries out a full scale emergency operation.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar is well equipped to deal with it, having been in charge at Glasgow Airport during the terrorist attack in 2007.

Staff also give an insight into how they cope with the biggest threat to aircraft - a bird strike.

With more than 300 flights passing through Edinburgh Airport each day, a flock of birds threatens to cause chaos.

Then, as Japanese tourists descend on the airport, retailers hope for a boost to trade, but the cashmere scarves don’t prove as popular as hoped.

Watch out for the locals on the front line. If you regularly fly from the airport there’s sure to be a familiar face or two.

You never know, one of them may be checking you in next time you travel.