Work has started on a new extension to Edinburgh Airport’s terminal building.

The building of the three-story extension, which will stretch out from the existing gate 12 area, is the start of an £80 million investment plan designed to help the airport handle the record number of passengers forecast in the coming years.

The expansion is due to be completed by summer 2018 and will see the South East Pier extended to create new boarding gates and seating areas between Gates 13 and 14.

Adrian Witherow, chief operating officer, for the airport said: “This is a major investment for the capital and Scotland and further establishes Edinburgh Airport as one of the most innovative and forward thinking airports in the UK. We are Scotland’s busiest airport and the fastest growing airport in the UK – and that demand is only going to grow with record numbers of passengers we expect to see passing through the terminal.

“There have been times this summer where we’ve experienced busy periods that have impacted on our service and this investment in new facilities will ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing.”

Designed to support forecasted growth of up to 16.5million passengers in 2021 and beyond, the building work will provide: extended immigration, customs and international reclaim facilities; a new home for the domestic reclaim hall, enabling the expansion of the baggage hall into the current domestic reclaim area; new retail space; and six new gates and seating areas.

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