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Key Facts and Figures about Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is the fastest growing air facility in Scotland, and is also among the United Kingdom's top 6 busiest airports when it comes to passenger numbers. The latest traffic statistics (which belong to figures from January 2013) show that more than 525,000 people used the airport in just one month. During 2012, over 9 million passengers went through Edinburgh airport, and the facility handled 46,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail plus 105,000 plane movements.

The busiest routes at Edinburgh airport are those with the following destinations: London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Birmingham, Bristol, Frankfurt, Paris, Belfast, Palma de Mallorca, and New York Newark. There are 40 airlines based at Edinburgh airport, which on average handle more than 300 flights and 24,000 passengers per day. More than 3,500 local full-time jobs depend on the airport operations, and there are 400 staff directly employed by Edinburgh airport. The economic impact that the airport has on the city's economy has been estimated at £118.4 million, and it also contributes with a further £146 million to the Scottish economy. The renovation and expansion projects that have taken place at Edinburgh airport have resulted in the facility being listed as the second best airport in Europe during 2011.
Some of the major carriers that operate flights in and out of Edinburgh airport are Air Lingus, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2, Lufthansa, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

Edinburgh Airport: nearly 100 Years of History

The site that is occupied by Edinburgh airport has been an air facility since the First World War. In 1915, an aerodrome was open at the site and used as a base for the Royal Flying Corps. Turnhouse aerodrome (which was the first name given to the airport) was also used to assemble military aircrafts. After the war, the aerodrome was transferred to the RAF, although the first passenger flights from this airport began in the late 1940s, while the former Turnhouse aerodrome was under control of the Ministry of Defence. The first commercial flight (which took place in 1947) served the route between Edinburgh and London. The airport's name was changed to Edinburgh airport in 1977.
Approximately ten years later, the airport began to undergo a series of expansion projects (costing more than £30 million) that were required to accommodate increasing numbers of passengers and large airliners. International flights out of Edinburgh airport began in the 1980s, with destinations in the Netherlands, France, Ireland, and Germany.

Flight Delays and Cancellation Statistics at Edinburgh Airport

Flight delays are common during the winter months as a result of snow and extreme weather. Delays are also common during key tourist events, such as the Six Nations Rugby Championship matches or the Fringe Festival. The average delay time for the airport is 9 minutes.
The busiest period at any given day is between 6am and noon. On average, 3 per cent of flights that take off or land at Edinburgh airport are delayed by one hour or less, whereas 0.3 per cent of flights are 3 hours late or more. The most punctual airlines at Edinburgh airport are Easy Jet, Air Lingus, Jet2, and Flybe, while the most likely to be delayed is British Airways. For live information updates, passengers flying from Edinburgh airport can check the airport's official website.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
Up to 1,500 KM
2H Delay
400 €
1.500 KM - 3.500KM
3H Delay
600 €
Mer än 3500 km
6H Delay
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