21 NOVEMBER 2016

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Article from BTNews 21 NOVEMBER 2016

Edinburgh expansion in view

A public consultation on future expansion plans over the next 25 years, including an extended terminal building and an enlarged aircraft parking area, has been launched by Edinburgh Airport.

Covering the period from 2016 until 2040, the plan for the airport, which is owned by the investment firm Global Infrastructure Partners, also envisages the closure of Edinburgh’s second runway, which is said to be “not suitable for frequent use”.

However, the airport says it wants to ensure the “continued safeguarding” of land as the site for a possible new second runway, although this is unlikely to be needed for regular use until 2050.

CEO Gordon Dewar said: “Our passenger numbers have grown more in the past three years than in the 10 years previously, by 1m passengers a year since 2012. We’ve also grown our route network, serving more destinations and working with more airlines than ever.”

Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest carrier and a Star Alliance member, is opening a new route between Edinburgh and Athens next summer, operating on Tuesdays and Fridays between 20 June and 19 September.

Flights will be by 174-seat Airbus A320 in a dual-class configuration with full onboard service including free food and drink.

www.edinburghairport.com

www.aegeanair.com

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