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This country’s biggest airport is taking off: A Scottish success story that goes from strength to strength. Edinburgh International, the gateway to 1 in 3 of all visitors to Scotland, has a new owner, a new management team, and big plans. When Gordon Dewar, the former Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport left the city in 2010 for Bahrain he probably didn't imagine he would be back so soon. But just two years later he is back and running the place as its CEO, and it’s booming. With 9.2m passengers passing through it last year, on over 114,000 flights, run by more than 40 different airlines, passenger numbers have grown by almost 10% since the start of 2011.
The airport is Eastern Scotland’s link to 120 different locations around the world, and provides jobs for hundreds on site and 7,500 across the country. The airport’s expansion plan will result in the creation of 160 more new jobs and almost 140,000 more passengers to Scotland. Virgin Atlantic have just announced six new flights a day to challenge old enemies British Airways, and arch rivals Easyjet and Ryanair compete to offer the most flights to the places Scots want to go.
No wonder a recent study by Scottish Enterprise shows that the development of Edinburgh Airport could boost Scotland's economy by an astonishing £867 million per year. But at the end of the day its all about the passengers: a staggering 9.2 million of them last year. They are the life-blood of the business: the airport charges the airlines a fee per passenger, and collects a percentage on every penny they spend in the shops, bars and restaurants. So the more people use the airport the better.