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Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport
Port-adhair Dhùn Èideann
Airport type Public
Owner Global Infrastructure Partners
Operator Edinburgh Airport Ltd.
Serves Edinburgh, Lothian, Fife, the Scottish Borders and Central Scotland
Location Ingliston
Elevation AMSL 136 ft / 41 m
EGPH is located in Edinburgh
Location in Edinburgh
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,556 8,386 Asphalt
12/30 1,797 5,896 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 10,160,004
Passenger change 13–14 3.9%
Aircraft movements 109,545
Movements change 13–14 2.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Edinburgh Airport (ICAO: EGPH) is an airport located at Ingliston in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2014, handling just under 10.2 million passengers in that year. It was also the sixth busiest airport in the UK by total passengers as of 2014.[2] It is located 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)[1] west of the city centre and is situated just off the M8 motorway. Edinburgh Airport offers over 140 destinations worldwide by over 40 airlines.

The airport is owned and operated by Global Infrastructure Partners, which also owns and operates Gatwick Airport and London City Airport.[3]


  • History 1
    • Early years 1.1
    • Post World War II 1.2
    • Change of ownership 1.3
    • Expansion 1.4
  • Terminal 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
    • Cargo 3.2
  • Statistics 4
    • Passenger numbers 4.1
    • Busiest routes 4.2
  • Access and ground transportation 5
    • Road 5.1
    • Tram 5.2
  • Accidents and incidents 6
  • Accolades 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Early years

Turnhouse Aerodrome was the most northerly British air defence base in World War I used by the Royal Flying Corps. The small base opened in 1915 and it was used to house the 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron from 1925, which consisted of DH 9As, Westland Wapitis, Hawker Harts, and Hawker Hind light bombers. All the aircraft used a grass air strip.

In 1918 the Royal Air Force was formed and the airfield was named RAF Turnhouse and ownership transferred to the Ministry of Defence.

When the Second World War broke out, RAF Fighter Command took control over the airfield and a runway of 3,900 ft (1,189 m) was paved to handle the Supermarine Spitfire. During the Battle of Britain, Nos 3, 65, and 141 Squadrons were present at the airbase.

Post World War II

When the war ended the airfield still remained under military control, but by the late 1940s the first commercial services were launched. In 1947, British European Airways started a service between Edinburgh and London using Vickers Vikings followed by the Viscount and Vanguard series.

In 1952 the runway was extended to 6000 ft to handle the Vampire FB5s operated by the based 603 Squadron; and an aircraft carrier Catcher Net (never used) was installed to protect traffic on the adjacent A8 road. In 1956 a new passenger terminal was built to offer improved commercial service and five years later it was extended. After the disbandment of 603 Squadron in March 1957, the Ministry of Defence transferred ownership to the Ministry of Aviation in 1960 to offer improved commercial service to the airport. Flying was temporarily diverted to East Fortune, which had its runway extended to accommodate the airliners of the period.

Change of ownership

Aerial view of Edinburgh Airport
Departure gate area

In 1971 the British Airports Authority took over the airport and immediately started to expand it by constructing a new runway and terminal building. RAF Turnhouse was finally closed in 1997.[4]

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

Although the original main runway 13/31 (which is now 12/30) served the airport well, its alignment had the disadvantage of suffering from severe crosswinds and the other two minor runways were very short and could not be readily extended, so movements were transferred to a new runway (07/25 which has since become 06/24) in an addition completely outside the original airfield boundary. This runway, completed in 1977 is 2,556 m (8,386 ft) in length, and was able to take all modern airliners including Concorde. A new terminal was built alongside the runway to cater for the additional traffic. The old terminal and hangars were converted into a cargo centre.

The only international services from Edinburgh during the 1980s were to Amsterdam and Dublin, but in the following years links were opened to destinations in France and Germany. By the end of the decade BAA had been privatised and funds were used to extend the current terminal building and create parking aprons.

In 2005, a new 57 m (187 ft) tall air traffic control tower was completed at a cost of £10m (€16m). An extension to the terminal opened in September 2006 called the "South East Pier". This extension initially added six gates on a new pier to the South-East of the original building. A further four gates were added to the South East Pier at the end of 2008.

On 19 October 2011, BAA Limited announced its intention to sell the airport, following a decision by the UK's Competition Commission requiring BAA to sell either Glasgow International or Edinburgh Airport.[5] BAA announced on 23 April 2012 that it had sold Edinburgh Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for a price of £807.2 million.[6]


Passenger traffic at Edinburgh Airport reached a record level in 2013 with nearly 10.2 million passengers and over 111,000 aircraft movements.[2] In 2013, a further extension to the passenger terminal was announced, taking the terminal building up to the Edinburgh Airport tram stop. The opening of the Edinburgh Trams in May 2014 created the first rail connection to Edinburgh Airport.

Whilst the number of passengers has increased, the number of flights has actually seen a decrease in 2014 due to planes operating at higher capacity.[7]


Edinburgh Airport features a single, two-storey passenger terminal building. The ground level features the driveway area, 47 check-in desks (00-46) as well as the domestic and international arrivals area, several service counters and some shops. The upper floor contains the security control, a central airside waiting area with several shops as well as 11 departure gates (1–7 and 9–12). 11 additional gates (13–23) are located in a connected pier building to the east.[8] 7 gates in the main building are equipped with jet-bridges, all others feature walk-boarding.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Cork, Dublin
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto-Pearson
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
American Airlines Seasonal: New York–JFK[9]
Atlantic Airways Vágar[10]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal charter: Innsbruck
BH Air Seasonal charter: Burgas
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
Seasonal charter:[11] Alicante, Barcelona, Chambéry, Faro, Ibiza, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Toulouse, Venice-Marco Polo[12]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Czech Airlines Łódź, Prague, Rzeszów[13]
Delta Air Lines New York–JFK (resumes 27 May 2016)[14]
easyJet Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast-International, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Copenhagen, Funchal, Geneva, Hamburg, Kraków, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Paphos, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Stuttgart (begins 2 November 2015),[15] Tenerife-South, Venice-Marco Polo (begins 3 February 2016),[16] Vienna (begins 6 February 2016)[17]
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Grenoble, Crete, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[18]
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Dusseldorf (begins 27 March 2016)[19]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (begins 18 April 2016)[20]
Flybe Belfast-City, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, Liverpool, London-City, Manchester, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Southampton
Seasonal: Bergerac, Jersey, Newquay[21]
Seasonal charter: Geneva, Innsbruck
operated by Loganair
Kirkwall, Norwich, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Wick
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn,[22]
Iberia Express Madrid[23] Budapest
Seasonal: Alicante, Antalya (begins 23 June 2016),[24] Chambéry (begins 19 December 2015),[25] Dalaman (begins 24 June 2016), Dubrovnik, Faro, Geneva (begins 19 December 2015),[25] Gran Canaria (begins 15 February 2016), Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia (begins 25 May 2016), Lanzarote (begins 14 February 2016), Larnaca (begins 25 May 2016), Málaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos (begins 22 June 2016), Pula, Reus, Rhodes (begins 25 June 2016), Salzburg (begins 19 December 2015),[25] Split,[26] Venice-Marco Polo, Verona,[27] Tenerife South (begins 12 February 2016), Vienna (begins 29 April 2016), Zante (begins 31 May 2016)
Seasonal charter: Geneva
KLM Amsterdam
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Malaga, Oslo-Gardermoen, Tenerife-South [28][29]
Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda,
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona,[30] Charleroi, Copenhagen (begins 6 November 2015),[31] Dublin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gdańsk, Hahn, Kraków, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Málaga, Malta, Moss, Rome-Ciampino, Santander, Tenerife-South, Weeze
Seasonal: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Gran Canaria,[30] Kaunas, Marseille, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Poitiers, Poznań
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen[32]
Thomson Airways Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Paphos,[33] Sharm el-Sheikh,[34] Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alicante, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Geneva, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Orlando-Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 3 May 2016)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare[35]
Vueling Alicante (begins 16 June 2016), Barcelona, Paris-Orly (begins 29 March 2016), Rome-Fiumicino (begins 29 March 2016)[36]


Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation East Midlands
operated for Royal Mail
East Midlands, London-Stansted
operated for Royal Mail
Aberdeen, Inverness
Titan Airways
operated for Royal Mail
TNT Airways Liege, East Midlands
Star Air (Maersk)
operated for UPS Airlines
Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands


Passenger numbers

Number of Passengers[2] Number of Movements[37] Freight
Edinburgh Airport Passenger Totals
1997–2014 (millions)
1997 4,214,919 99,352 27,548
1998 4,588,507 100,134 23,260
1999 5,119,258 101,226 17,715
2000 5,519,372 102,393 17,894
2001 6,067,333 112,361 16,169
2002 6,930,649 118,416 21,232
2003 7,481,454 118,943 24,761
2004 8,017,547 125,317 27,376
2005 8,456,739 127,122 29,595
2006 8,611,345 126,914 36,389
2007 9,047,558 128,172 19,292
2008 9,006,702 125,550 12,418
2009 9,049,355 115,969 23,791
2010 8,596,715 108,997 20,357
2011 9,385,245 113,357 19,332
2012 9,195,061 110,288 19,115
2013 9,775,443 111,736 18,624
2014 10,160,004 109,545 19,369 Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority[38]

Busiest routes

Access and ground transportation


Lothian Buses Airlink 100 airport express bus to Edinburgh

The airport lies on the A8 Glasgow-Edinburgh road, and can be easily reached by the M8 (from Glasgow) and the M9 (from Stirling). The airport is also within easy access from the M90 motorway (from Perth) via the Forth Road Bridge.

Lothian Buses provide public transportation to the airport with the Airlink 100 express bus from Edinburgh city centre,[39] as well as the number 35 direct to Ocean Terminal and N22 with the same destination but alternative route. Additionally, Stagecoach operates the newly formed JET express bus service, previously AirDirect 747 between the airport and Inverkeithing railway station and Ferrytoll Park and Ride in Fife.[40]

There are currently no direct rail links to Edinburgh Airport, although it lies very close to the Fife Circle and the Edinburgh-Glasgow railway lines. A project to build the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link was cancelled in 2007 after a change in Government.[41]


Edinburgh Airport tram terminus

The airport is served by Edinburgh Trams, a light rail link from the terminal to Edinburgh city centre. The system runs from Edinburgh Airport tram stop and travels across the western suburbs of Edinburgh on a segregated track; when the trams reach Haymarket railway station they switch to street-running mode and travel through the city along Princes Street. Edinburgh Trams began operation on 31 May 2014.[42][43]

As a cheaper alternative to the cancelled Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project, an additional interchange station is currently being constructed on the Fife Circle Line. Edinburgh International Gateway station which will provide an interchange with airport tram services. This station and upgrades were finally approved by the Scottish Parliament in 2012.[44] The station is expected to open by December 2016.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 27 February 2001, a Loganair Shorts 360 (G-BNMT) operating a Royal Mail flight to Belfast, crashed into the Firth of Forth shortly after taking off from Edinburgh at 1730 GMT. Both crew members were killed, and there were no passengers on board. A fatal accident inquiry later blamed a buildup of slush in the aircraft's engines before the crash. Protective covering had not been fitted to the engine intakes while the aircraft was parked for several hours in heavy snow at Edinburgh.[45][46]



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External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
  • Edinburgh Airport Consultative Committee
  • EDINBURGH AIRPORT, TURNHOUSE (1971) (archive film from the National Library of Scotland: SCOTTISH SCREEN ARCHIVE)
  • Current weather for EGPH at NOAA/NWS
  • Accident history for EDI at Aviation Safety Network
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