£150m boost to transform Edinburgh Airport
- 21 August 2013
- From the section Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
Edinburgh Airport has announced plans for a £150m investment programme which will make it "one of the best airports in the UK".
This includes £25m for a "significant expansion" of the international airport's terminal building.
The 6,000 sq m facility will be built around a larger security area that will allow passengers to move through that part of the airport faster.
About 100 new construction jobs will be created during the building work.
There will also be new retail areas and a brand new airline business centre with offices.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said: "Our expansion is a significant mark of our intent to transform our customers' experience of Edinburgh Airport through high-quality facilities, outstanding customer service and one of the best direct international route networks in Europe.
"This investment is the first of a number of developments that will build Edinburgh Airport's profile around the world, helping us to compete more energetically with other UK airports and those in mainland Europe."
An Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "This investment will make Edinburgh Airport one of the best airports in the UK."
The extension will see the terminal move into the space currently housing the airport's coach park, moving the terminal access closer to the new tram stop.
By moving the security area, valuable space inside the terminal will be freed for more passenger and retail spaces, including the airport's first walk-through store.
The money will be invested over the next five years with the terminal expansion being the first major project.
Work will begin in October, with the new security area operational by late 2014.
The new retail space will follow in 2015.