Edinburgh Airport has plans to expand its facilities! They have launched a consultation period which will be open for 6 weeks, to allow the public to provide their feedback on the details of the proposed development between now and 2040 The new plans look to concentrate on improving ground operations opposed to implementing new routes or alter the flight paths. With increased opposition from environmental campaigners, specific changes have been released such as enlarging terminal buildings and aircraft parking plans. The airport also aims to improve access to the site with the suggestion of a new road which will act as a link to the Gogar Roundabout.
The plans are thanks to the 20% increase in passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport which are expected to rise a further 18% from 11.1 million to 13.1 million by 2020. The existing terminal building and runway were built in 1977, when the airport had less than one million passengers per year.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said: "At Edinburgh Airport our passenger numbers have grown more in the past three years than they did in the 10 years previous.
"We’ve grown by one million passengers each year since 2012. We’ve grown our route network, serving more destinations and working with more airlines than ever.
Edinburgh Airport which took the crown of busiest airport of 2015, saw 11.1 million passengers pass through its facilities last year, an increase on 2014 which saw 9.4 million. Therefore, to no surprise the Scottish airport was the 5th busiest airport in the UK in 2015 with top domestic and international destinations being London Heathrow and Amsterdam.
Director Colin Howden said: "Aviation is the most polluting form of transport and one that threatens Scotland’s ability to meet its climate change commitments.
"The aviation industry thinks it should be allowed to expand without restraint and without regard for Scotland’s international commitments, instead expecting that other parts of the economy should bear the responsibility for cutting emissions while its growth is allowed to continue unfettered."