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It's probably one of those where the headline doesn't reveal the whole story. The majority of passengers surely travelled before the end of March when things really started to hit - there was getting on for a million passengers last January alone.
Figures to March:

Jan: 934,654
Feb: 934,960
Mar: 498,300

Total: 2,367,914

Source: Airport data 2020 01 | UK Civil Aviation Authority
 

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The new access road is a welcome, and long overdue, addition. Good to see some foresight on a direct connection to the M8, as well.

I just can't see how a second runway could ever be justified without a completely new terminal. No matter how many extensions they add on, the current rabbit-warren layout is unfixable. It should be a national infrastructure priority to get a new terminal built, bringing it up to scratch with those in the London area or other cities of similar size.

Aviation and world travel will return and will continue to grow past 2019 levels... Edinburgh will still have a barnyard as a customs hall in 2050.
 

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The new access road is a welcome, and long overdue, addition. Good to see some foresight on a direct connection to the M8, as well.

I just can't see how a second runway could ever be justified without a completely new terminal. No matter how many extensions they add on, the current rabbit-warren layout is unfixable. It should be a national infrastructure priority to get a new terminal built, bringing it up to scratch with those in the London area or other cities of similar size.

Aviation and world travel will return and will continue to grow past 2019 levels... Edinburgh will still have a barnyard as a customs hall in 2050.
Gatwick handled 46.5 million passengers with a single runway last year vs just under 15 million at Edinburgh. (albeit it being around 800m longer than EDI and handling larger aircraft). Edinburgh can handle aircraft like the A350, 787 and 777 at the moment, so there's no great need for another runway in the next 10 years.

Regarding the terminal, I agree it isn't fit for purpose for handling the amount of pre-covid traffic. However it is privately owned, so there is very little Government can do about it other than spending a lot of tax payers money to renationalise it and rebuild it. The only realistic hope is if GIP sell it on to another company who have the ambition to rebuild/build a new terminal as a long-term asset.

Sadly most large British airports are majority owned by companies who seem to want to extract as much money as possible from them with as little investment required.
 

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Gatwick is, or at least was, the busiest airport in the world utilising a single runway. They do have a second runway available for use if the primary runway is out of service for works or other reasons, but they are far too closely spaced together to be in use simultaneously, or in any other operating mode. In short, Gatwick badly needs another runway.

Returning to Edinburgh, a second runway is clearly not needed at the moment and won’t be beneficial until the airport is handling over 30 million passengers. The big problem for operators there is the taxiway layout and incumbent restrictions, and the apron layout and restrictions.

The terminal layout is a disaster and is hamstringing the efficient functioning of the operational portion of the airport.
These additions and alterations they insist on doing really are polishing the proverbial. All that is happening is the problem is being pushed down the line and it is getting larger and larger while it does so.

Glasgow airport has some similar issues but in the whole is better laid out.

Scotland could really benefit from a new airport. Anyone who has had the opportunity to travel extensively will attest to the fact that British airports (aside from LHR T5) are amongst the worst in the developed world. Cheap shopping malls, with a horrible passenger experience and even worse operator experience.

The Germans, although clearly with problems, have had the foresight to develop a new airport for Berlin. Munich airport is excellent. Frankfurt has legacy issues but is running with 4 runways.

When will the U.K. actually spend money on infrastructure? Never? Is it all to be left to the private companies that just want to take cash and return to shareholders? National infrastructure should have at least a percentage of government ownership and control.

A bit of Victorian vision and “can-do” wouldn’t go amiss.
 

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Gatwick is, or at least was, the busiest airport in the world utilising a single runway. They do have a second runway available for use if the primary runway is out of service for works or other reasons, but they are far too closely spaced together to be in use simultaneously, or in any other operating mode. In short, Gatwick badly needs another runway.

Returning to Edinburgh, a second runway is clearly not needed at the moment and won’t be beneficial until the airport is handling over 30 million passengers. The big problem for operators there is the taxiway layout and incumbent restrictions, and the apron layout and restrictions.

The terminal layout is a disaster and is hamstringing the efficient functioning of the operational portion of the airport.
These additions and alterations they insist on doing really are polishing the proverbial. All that is happening is the problem is being pushed down the line and it is getting larger and larger while it does so.

Glasgow airport has some similar issues but in the whole is better laid out.

Scotland could really benefit from a new airport. Anyone who has had the opportunity to travel extensively will attest to the fact that British airports (aside from LHR T5) are amongst the worst in the developed world. Cheap shopping malls, with a horrible passenger experience and even worse operator experience.

The Germans, although clearly with problems, have had the foresight to develop a new airport for Berlin. Munich airport is excellent. Frankfurt has legacy issues but is running with 4 runways.

When will the U.K. actually spend money on infrastructure? Never? Is it all to be left to the private companies that just want to take cash and return to shareholders? National infrastructure should have at least a percentage of government ownership and control.

A bit of Victorian vision and “can-do” wouldn’t go amiss.
Agree with pretty much everything you've written there, except maybe about Berlin airport. It was 9 years late in opening, budget overruns, corruption allegations etc. however it is a much better experience than Tegel and Schönefeld from what I've read so far (albeit in the current Covid environment)

I'm not sure if Government owned airports are much better in delivering in the UK, Manchester Airport for example is technically majority owned by the local authorities of Greater Manchester, yet is it that much better experience than Gatwick or Heathrow (excluding T5)?
 

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The terminal layout is a disaster and is hamstringing the efficient functioning of the operational portion of the airport.................

..............A bit of Victorian vision and “can-do” wouldn’t go amiss.
Victorian vision and can-do was almost entirely private sector funded and driven btw! Much more so than today.

That aside, I agree entirely that the terminal is annoyingly devoid of a sense of grand and simple coherence, esp landside - and entirely lacking in any external aesthetics. Believe me, I'd love some 'grand projet' statement thing.

But I don't totally agree with the functional crit. You can have exactly the same transit times and amenities from entrance to take off in a dull, confusing at times shed as you get in a Starchitect designed statement.

My hopes are for an achievable compromise - a general terminal expansion that brings in more light and views and space - and builds on what is by and large quite a simple and coherent layout once you're airside. A busy central mall and quieter wings to east and west.
 

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Turkish Airlines launching 2x weekly service to Antalya from 19th June - source.
TK management must feel optimistic that travel abroad and restrictions will be relaxed by then to launch this seasonal route. I wonder how competitive they'll be against Jet2 presuming they'll still be operating the route.
 

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Edinburgh Airport promoting development of a new cargo & distribution hub on part of the decommissioned land.





From EDI's submission in support of the Elements Edinburgh planning application:

A new cargo and distribution hub entitled Global Air Park (GAP) is earmarked for brownfield land which was formerly part of the original RAF Turnhouse and recently decommissioned crosswind runway. There is significant demand for distribution facilities in Edinburgh with brownfield land being optimal for this purpose. An area totalling 7.1ha is allocated for a mixture of hangar/warehousing, office space and service yards.
 
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