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LocationEdinburgh Airport is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located 8 miles west of the city centre. Edinburgh Airport is located just 12km from the centre of Edinburgh. If you are traveling from Edinburgh, head along the A8 towards Glasgow. The airport is clearly signposted.

Know your Airport - Edinburgh Airport is the sixth largest international airport in the UK. In 2002, passengers increased manifolds to 6,906,731. Edinburgh Airport registered 8 Million passengers in 2005. Edinburgh Airport is owned by BAA plc, the company that also owns important airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, and Glasgow airports. The present terminal building was constructed in 1977. It has been renovated and upgraded to match the world-class standard that is expected out of Edinburgh. The new control tower was accomplished in 2005.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – The main terminal has been operational since 1977. All the 30 or so airlines operate from this terminal. The terminal building has two floors.

Transit systems
– There is no dedicated transit system in the airport.

Inside the terminals
– Arrival-areas for both UK and International flights are situated on the ground floor. The check-in desks and the baggage reclaim centers are also situated on the ground floor. All departure gates are situated on the first floor of the terminal building. The check-in times for both International flights and European flights is 2 hours prior to departure. For domestic flights, the time is just an hour before departure. Boarding generally begins around 30 - 45 minutes before departure.

Safety - Enhanced security measures are enforced so certain items are a strictly banned from the airports. It is advised that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling. Syringes that are required for diabetics and other medical reasons are only allowed in hand luggage if they can be proven as a medical necessity. The security personnel have severe policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials.

Business facilities
– There are facilities like business lounges inside the airport. The facilities offered are complimentary beverages and light snacks. Travelers get a wide range of newspapers and magazines. Television, phone and fax facilities are also readily available. Another lounge offers wireless ultra high-speed internet access throughout the airport. The wireless hotspots at the airport have been covered by the service providers. British Airways first and business class passengers can obviously use the BA executive lounge. Similarly bmi silver and gold diamond club members can use the bmi diamond club lounge. These lounges are found after security control on the first floor. Click here to know more.

Family interests
– Baby care facilities are situated next to the toilets in the arrival hall and the departure lounge. For adults (parents) there are unisex toilets both before and after the security control. These are suitable for parents with young children. The eat-outs at Edinburgh airport have prepared menus to suit the tender taste-buds of the children. All the restaurants in the airport welcome children. There are fast food and children's meals counters inside the airport. While children have some fun, there are a number of shops selling goods both for adults and children. The airport has dedicated departmental stores which sell collectibles and memorabilia.

  Special service – Facilities for disabled travelers in Edinburgh airport start with reserved sitting arrangements. Devices like induction loops are available which can amplify airport announcements for passengers with impaired hearing. There are easy to access wheelchairs and comfortable arm rests on the chairs. The airport has a significant number of low level information monitors to give comfort to the eyes with low vision. There are directions that are clearly labeled in black on yellow background to assist the visually impaired. In the concourse of the airport, travelers will be able to find phones that are fitted with induction couplers. These devices help in amplifying the volume of the phone for passengers with hearing aids. Other services for disabled travelers are text phones and friendly staff members who are trained in the use of sign language. Both long and short-stay car parks have a number of reserved disabled parking spaces. Please inform your airlines or travel agent of your requirements special arrangements, at least 48 hours before schedule.

Parking options
– There are many options in and around Edinburgh Airport. Short stay parking is ideal for those wanting to stay for up to a few hours. The valet parking service is suitable for business travelers and those who want to move around in style. For many others like you, off-site long stay airport parking offer regular courtesy transfer buses to the airport terminal.

Extra information
- Recently there have been plans to expand Edinburgh airport by adding a third runway. A proposed tram route is expected to connect to Edinburgh Airport in 2009. An extension to the terminal is also being planned. It will add six gates on a new pier to the east of the current building.

Leaving from Edinburgh airportEdinburgh airport does not have its own train station. But the two main stations in Edinburgh are fairly easy to access as they fall on usual bus routes. There are several bus services between Edinburgh airport and the city centre. One can easily find the bus stands in front of the terminal building outside the UK arrivals lounge. Bus services run from early morning up to late at night. There are taxi ranks in many locations in and around the airport. Many car hire options are also obtainable in the UK Arrivals Hall. One can arrange pre-book car hire by phone or internet.

- Airport and Tourist Information desks are located in the international arrivals hall on the ground floor. The lost property reclaim services can be reached flanked by the check in and international arrivals on the ground floor. Toilets are situated in the UK arrivals hall and departure lounge. There are many cash dispensers available throughout the airport which accepts major bank cards. They are concentrated in the terminal building, both before and after security.

Airlines operating from Edinburgh airport

  Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Air France, Air Scotland, Air Transat, Atlantic Airways, bmi, bmibaby, British Airways, BA Connect, Loganair, Sun Air, Centralwings, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, easyJet, Flybe, Flyglobespan, Germanwings, Jet2.com, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines System, Sterling European Airlines, ScotAirways, Widerøe, Finnair, Sky Europe, Delta Air Lines etc.

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