Comment: World is doing business with the Capital

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WHEN it comes to growing Edinburgh’s economy, our airport taking off is key.

Today’s news then that it has passed the ten million passengers-a-year mark for the first time is not just a nice milestone to be celebrated.

It is a sign that the world is doing business with the Capital.

Sure it’s great for everyone who lives here to have an airport with links to the US, Middle East and Europe.

But providing connections the other way to ensure people can get here – and spend their money – is absolutely vital.

We are a city, let’s not forget, which is perched on the edge of Europe and one which cannot rely on visitors making the long journey up from the London hubs.

Edinburgh Airport’s success story began under BAA and has continued with its new owners pushing it to the next level.

Much development is also under way at the moment to improve the passenger experience at the terminal and with the new tram line to the city centre (love it or hate it, it is an impressive modern transport link), things really seem to be on the up.

It’s so popular, we’ve even reported how city pensioners are taking day trips to the airport for afternoon tea.

The airport team will not be satisfied with ticking over the ten million passenger mark and we tell today how at any one time there are another ten or 12 routes being courted at any one time.

The next target is securing ten million passengers in a calendar year.

Staying ahead of the game is crucial in such a competitive 

Gordon Dewar and his staff at the airport can be rightly proud of their achievement today but cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

They will know the hard work in maintaining and growing the city’s share of the skies has only just begun.