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Edinburgh Airport celebrates opening 100 years ago today

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Page last updated: 2nd Mar 2016 - 12:15 PM

Scotland’s busiest airport is celebrating their 100th year of being open today. It was on this day in 1916 that Edinburgh Airport opened as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, named Turnhouse, which was a key base for the military in WW1. It was opened commercially in the 1940s, with the new terminal being opened to the public in 1977.

Of course, back in the 1940s, it was a much smaller airport. Passenger numbers were at a mere 7,000 people. This is a massive difference to the 11.1 million people who passed through the airport last year.

Edinburgh airport plans to celebrate by involving the local children in competitions and giveaways. They also plan to celebrate with a massive party for the staff who work there. The Chief Executive Gordon Dewar explained to BBC News “How time flies when you're having fun.” Let's hope that the passenger numbers continue to soar as they have been and that Edinburgh Airport can continue to enjoy many more Birthdays to come.

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