Edinburgh Airport new £25m expansion frees up space for retail

By Charlotte Turner |

Edinburgh Airport has reached a construction milestone for its £25m expansion of the airport’s terminal building as part of an £150m investment programme. By moving the security area into this extension, space within the terminal will be freed up for more retail including the airport’s first walk through store.


Work began in October 2013, with the new security product operational by late 2014. The new retail space will follow in 2015.


Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re at a very exciting point in the build now where we’ve essentially completed construction of the new extension and are making it wind and water tight.”


“The internal fit-out of our new security hall is now well underway with state-of-the-art security equipment being installed to improve the passenger journey through the airport.


The Scottish Airport announced a £150m investment programme last August.


“From early August, for about seven weeks, we’ll be starting a phased transition where we’ll start to take the first passengers through our new security hall.  This is a hugely important milestone and it will be necessary to have both security halls operating at once in order to keep things moving.  Only after we’re satisfied that everything is working well and passengers are happy will we officially close the old security hall and have all passengers use the new terminal.


“Our passengers are our priority and we’re working hard to ensure they’re kept up-to-date with the development of the new terminal extension.  The progress is clear to see and we’re looking forward to officially opening the new extension later this year.”


An artist’s rendering of Edinburgh Airport’s first floor search hall.


It was in August last year that Edinburgh Airport announced that it would be investing £25m in a significant expansion of the airport’s terminal building, creating the foundations of the airport’s ambitious growth plans and providing passengers with more space and a new state of the art security area.


When complete the new 6000sq m facility will be situated around a larger security area that will allow passengers to move through that part of the airport faster and more efficiently.


At the time of the announcement Dewar said: “By moving the security area into this extension, valuable space within the terminal will be freed for more passenger and retail spaces including the airport’s first walk through store. Edinburgh Airport will offer more choice to its passengers than ever before.”


The Board of Edinburgh Airport has committed to investing £150m in Scotland’s busiest airport over the next five years to allow it to compete more energetically on the international stage and to ensure that its facilities reflect the predicted growth in passenger numbers. This new £25m terminal expansion is the first major project in an ambitious investment plan.

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