A £25 MILLION expansion of Edinburgh airport’s terminal was announced today to cope with rising passenger numbers.
The security area will be moved into a new extension at the front of the building, currently occupied by the coach park.
This in turn will create more space for shops in its current location.
The tram stop has already been moved further away from the terminal to accommodate such expansion.
The move is part of a planned £150m upgrade of Scotland’s busiest airport over the next five years, which currently handles 9.4m passengers a year.
Work is due to start in October, with the security area completed late next year and the new shops in 2015.
The airport said the enlarged security area “will allow passengers to move through that part of the airport faster and more efficiently”.
The news comes a week after chief executive Gordon Dewar said the airport had been stretched by coping with a record 1.1m passengers last month.
He said: “Handling over a million passengers in a month is difficult and it has been challenging.”
He said today: “This investment is the first of a number of developments that will build Edinburgh airport’s profile around the world, helping us to compete more energetically with other UK airports and those in mainland Europe.”
He said some 100 construction jobs would be created.