7 MARCH 2016
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One-hundred-year air transport anniversaries will soon be coming through thick and fast but well done Edinburgh in reminding everyone that RAF Turnhouse started life as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome on Thursday 2 March 1916. Last year another RAF station, a one time scheduled service operation, Northolt in west London, also celebrated 100 years.
In 1947, when it began operating as a civilian airport, just 7,000 people flew from Edinburgh. A new terminal was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1977.
The British Airports Authority (BAA), laterally privatised, took over ownership in April 1971. In 2012, BAA sold it to Global Infrastructure Partners who also own Gatwick (and until last week London City).
Last year, a record 11.1 million passengers passed through the terminal building.
Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: "Although clearly focused on delivering future growth at Edinburgh Airport we have a rich and long history here, and we aim to involve as many people as possible in celebrating this great centenary story."
He added: "Our passengers and adults and kids in the local community will be invited to get involved as we offer limited edition giveaways, host competitions and hold a major party to come in the months ahead." www.edinburghairport.com
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