Scotland’s busiest airport, Edinburgh, has been enjoying something of a boom with passenger numbers having doubled over the last ten years to just under nine million in 2008. New plans have now been unveiled for the airport, with owners, BAA, announcing that they will be investing forty million pounds to make Edinburgh airport one of the most modern in the whole of Europe. The new terminal along with bars, restaurants, and shops, will be able to support thirteen million passengers a year.
Edinburgh airport’s managing director, Gordon Dewar, is delighted and sees the proposed investment as a real “vote of confidence”. He said that the plans are good for Edinburgh and for Scotland as a whole. Although nowhere is immune to the current recession facing the country and, in particular, the aviation industry, Mr Dewar believes that it is imperative to “look to the long term and build for the future”. Edinburgh airport helps sustain Scotland’s tourist industry and the thousands of jobs which go with it.
The city council also greeted the news enthusiastically, with its leader, Jenny Dawe, stressing that this sort of investment in Scotland’s infrastructure is vital for the country to “remain competitive in the global marketplace”.
The development will take two years to complete and it is hoped that disruption to passengers can be kept to a minimum, with a phased basis being utilised, to ensure that the main departure lounge can be kept open throughout with sufficient access to the departure gates. A new security area will form part of the new terminal with fourteen new x-ray machines being introduced.