Edinburgh Airport has announced it will build a new £50m arrivals area including a new baggage hall and immigration area.
The development, revealed today during a visit to the airport Prime Minister David Cameron, will see long haul capacity tripled as the airport looks to expand further.
The news comes on the back of Edinburgh Airport’s busiest ever year, breaking the 10m passenger barrier in 2014.
Work will begin this week, with airport bosses hailing a 90 per cent increase in international links to destinations including Turkey, the USA and the Middle East as the catalyst for this latest investment.
The Prime Minister was met by airport chairman, Sir John Elvidge, and CEO Gordon Dewar, who took him on a tour of the airport’s new airside construction site which will be phased over the next four years.
Work on the first phase should be complete by June 8, when the first services on a new route to Abu Dhabi begin. As well as new baggage and immigration halls, the development will also include new air bridges and aircraft stands.
The first phase of development will see a 2,000 square metre ‘rapid build’ structure erected, around which a permanent structure will be built over five years.
Airport chiefs say construction will create 50 new jobs.
Mr Dewar said: “The work we’ll be carrying out over the next four years will transform our airside facilities, tripling our capacity to handle bigger aircraft and paving the way for the next 10 years of increased international connectivity.
“We’ll effectively be creating a new international facility for our airlines, and underpinning our
future aspirations to increase passenger numbers and enhance their experience and be one of the leading European airports for our size.
“It’s wonderful that we can showcase the ongoing investment in Edinburgh Airport and our plans for continued growth to the Prime Minister and to the millions of passengers which travel through here each year.”
The Prime Minister said: “Having first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long
term economic plan to support business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking
families across the country.
“The expansion of Edinburgh Airport is great news for Scotland and for the whole of the UK. It will
open the door to more long-haul flights and new routes, meaning more tourism, more trade and
more jobs for people here in Edinburgh and beyond.”