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Edinburgh Airport begins 50m expansion

Edinburgh Airport expansion to accommodate more long haul flights

Date : 27/01/2015

Edinburgh Airport has announced a £50 million expansion to accommodate more long haul flights that will create 50 new jobs and is expected to lead to an increase in tourism in Scotland. 

Construction which starts next week and will take four years and includes a second baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, new stands for aircraft to park, and “air bridges” to link them to the terminal.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Having first class infrastructure is a crucial part of our long term economic plan to support business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking families across the country.

"The expansion of Edinburgh Airport is great news for Scotland and for the whole of the UK. It will open the door to more long-haul flights and new routes, meaning more tourism, more trade and more jobs for people here in Edinburgh and beyond."

Long-haul traffic was up almost 90% in 2014, thanks to new routes with Qatar Airways, United Airlines and US Airways, and increased services from Turkish Airlines.

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