Whether commuting to and from London twice a week or flying abroad for work, Edinburgh Airport have one of the highest proportions of business travellers outside London Heathrow, with the average passenger making six trips per year.
of Course as an international airport with more than 40 airlines serving over 130 worldwide destinations, it’s important to offer all passengers, whether leisure or business, the best service and experience and this is where Edinburgh believes it can set itself aside from the competition.
It’s an exciting time for Edinburgh Airport. Not only has it just broken a Scottish record of 10 million passengers in a year, reaffirming its position as Scotland’s busiest airport, it’s also about to see a huge amount of investment bear fruit.
In October, the airport will open its new terminal extension. The £25m facility will house a state-of-the-art security hall, shops and airline offices and will have been completed in less than a year.
With a new bridge, linking the multi-storey car park to the new security hall to offer a dedicated fast track lane, and a premium convenience store stocking every day essentials, the new terminal has been designed with the passenger at its core. It will offer speed, efficiency and choice – three things which we all want from an international airport.
Our city has a fantastic public transport system and the recent addition of the trams gives the business treveller even more choice of how to travel to and from the airport. Having a tram terminus less than 100 metres from the entrance to the new terminal means passengers can reach the airport from the city centre, or vice versa, quickly and conveniently.
Some business passengers may feel that the airport is like a second home so it’s important to make sure the department lounge is as comfortable as possible. This year Edinburgh Airport has opened three brand new passenger lounges, offering travellers the choice of how they want to spend their time before they board their flights.
In January, British Airways opened a £1.5 million lounge which is almost twice the size of the previous area. No. 1 Traveller joined May and opened their new facility which offers a fantastic experience for passengers who wish to relax and unwind before their flight and, most recently, the new Aspire lounge opened to offer passengers even more choice.
It’s no secret that Edinburgh Airport has enjoyed a very busy year in terms of new business with 11 new routes launching at the airport. May was a historic month as we celebrated the start of the highly-anticipated new link to Doha with Qatar Airways as well as two brand new transatlantic routes to Philadelphia and Chicago.
Just a few of week ago, Etihad Airways announced it would commence operations between Edinburgh and Abu Dhabi in June 2015. To have two Middle Eastern airlines Edinburgh Airport in a year is a phenomenal achievement and one which is incredibly exciting for the city.
Domestically the future is also looking bright with Flybe introducing four new daily flights to London City from October – increasing the number of daily flights between the two cities to 10. Edinburgh Airport offers passengers an unrivalled choice of domestic services with around 40 flights to London per day, something which will no doubt continue to benefit the local and national economy and reinforce Edinburgh Airport’s commitment to providing excellent service, a seamless journey and choice.