Work has started on a new extension to Edinburgh Airport’s terminal building.
The the first phase of an £80 million investment plan to help the airport handle forecasted record number of passengers has begun with a three-story extension that will stretch out from the existing gate 12 area, covering the old east end service yard out to the Gogar Burn.
The expansion is part of the airport’s £220m+ capital investment programme to support growth and maintain operational standards over the next five years.
Due to be completed by summer 2018, the extension will see the creation of new boarding gates and seating areas between gates 13 and 14.
Designed to support forecasted growth of up to 16.5 million passengers in 2021 and beyond, it will provide:
- extended immigration, customs and international reclaim facilities.
- a new home for the airport’s domestic reclaim hall, enabling the expansion of its baggage hall into the current domestic reclaim area.
- new retail opportunities, food and beverage options, toilets, lettable property and office space, VIP lounges, and retail storage.
- six new gates, gate seating areas and connectivity via a series of fixed links, stair nodes and air bridges to the new stands.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport Gordon Dewar said: “This is a major investment for the capital and Scotland and further establishes Edinburgh Airport as one of the most innovative and forward thinking airports in the UK.
“We are Scotland’s busiest airport and the fastest-growing airport in the UK – and that demand is only going to grow with the record numbers of passengers we expect to see passing through the terminal.
“There have been times this summer where we’ve experienced busy periods that have impacted on our service and this investment in new facilities will ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing.
“As Scotland’s gateway to the world, it’s vital that we have first class infrastructure and we will continue to invest in that, creating more jobs, supporting the economy and opening up Scotland to the world.”
Runway Site Makes Way For Business
Edinburgh Airport is to close its second, crosswind runway and promote business and community investment projects on a 35-hectare site adjacent to the A8 and Gogar Roundabout.
A sister company is being established to work in partnership with the airport and others to promote the site, with a specific focus on sustainable energy provision across the entire airport site. An independent board of directors will be appointed to spearhead the project.
Given improvements in aircraft technology, the airport rarely uses the crosswind runway and has undertaken an extensive review, which determined that the economy and local communities are better served by its closure and the subsequent – and sustainable – development of the land, with the obvious requirement to consult local people and win support for specific developments.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive officer of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We have long believed that the land around Edinburgh Airport is a valuable strategic asset, from which local communities and the economy should benefit.
“This venture will accelerate that process and we look forward to working with John Watson and his team, and the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council, to promote opportunities to put the land to good use.”
John Watson, chief executive of the new development company and a former chief commercial officer of the airport, said: “There is a really great opportunity in the west of Edinburgh to build infrastructure from which future generations benefit.
“We will be investing significantly in the land opened up by the closure of the second runway and will work with other developers in the area to promote the wider opportunity we believe exists.”
The company is being established as a sister company to Edinburgh Airport and will operate at arms length.