Edinburgh Airport

Submitted by George Farquhar on Sun, 2011-04-17

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s capital airport. More than 40 airlines serve 100-plus destinations and some nine million passengers a year pass through the airport – figures which are set to grow as Scotland’s international connections develop.

Edinburgh Airport is located at Turnhouse in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2010, handling just under 8.6 million passengers. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements. It is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) west of the city centre and is situated just off the M8 motorway.

The airport is owned and operated by BAA, which also owns and operates five other UK airports, and is itself owned by ADI Limited, an international consortium, which includes Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and GIC Special Investments, that is led by the Spanish Ferrovial Group.

The present terminal building, designed by Robert Matthew, was constructed in 1977 and has been upgraded in recent years, with new car parking facilities and an extended arrivals hall. A new control tower was completed in 2005.

There are plans for expansion of the airport, with passenger numbers expected to reach 26 million per annum by 2030.

Facts and Figures of Edinburgh Airport

Passenger numbers

Passenger traffic at Edinburgh Airport increased each year between 1997 and 2007, after which numbers stabilised before dropping by 5.0% in 2010 to 8,596,715 with 108,997 aircraft movements recorded.

Airlines and Aircraft Movements

  • Airlines: Over 40
  • Total aircraft movements: 114,000 a year, Average of 311 flights a day
  • Aircraft types: Boeing 737, 757, 767, Airbus A319, A320, A321, Dash 8, Embraer 135, 145, Fokker 100, F70, BAE 146, Avro RJ100, ATR72, Saab 340


  • Number of runways: 2
  • Runway length: Runway 06/24 (main runway) – 2,560m long. Runway 12/30 (crosswind runway) – 1,976m
  • Number of terminals: 1

Investment and economic contribution

  • In last 10 years: Over £260 million
  • In next 10 years: Over £240 million
  • Employs: 2,500 (400 are BAA Edinburgh employees)
  • Cargo: 10,250 tonnes air cargo per year

Recent investments include a new £11 million air traffic control tower, and £19 million south east pier extension.

Planned investments in 2009 include a £40 million terminal extension, doubling the size of the departure lounge. The development will provide new state of the art security facilities and more relaxation space, including a wider choice of bars, shops and restaurants.


Top ten destinations (in order)

  1. Heathrow
  2. Gatwick
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Dublin
  5. Birmingham
  6. Stansted
  7. London City
  8. Luton
  9. Paris
  10. Bristol

Top ten UK destinations (in order)

  1. Heathrow
  2. Gatwick
  3. Birmingham
  4. Stansted
  5. London City
  6. Luton
  7. Bristol
  8. Belfast International
  9. Manchester
  10. Southampton

Top ten international destinations (in order)

  1. Amsterdam
  2. Dublin
  3. Paris
  4. Frankfurt International
  5. New York (Newark)
  6. Alicante
  7. Geneva
  8. Palma
  9. Madrid
  10. Malaga

Most popular long-haul destination: New York, USA

Most popular country to fly to :Spain

Number of flights to London (average)

  • Per week: 324
  • Per day: 46

Telephone: +44 (0)8444818989

Website: http://www.edinburghairport.com

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