Edinburgh Airport (EDI/EGPH)

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Major reasons to serve this airport

edinburgh scotland map 2016

Edinburgh has experienced the largest growth in international capacity amongst UK airports

edinburgh scotland map 2016

Edinburgh has one of the largest inbound % of international passengers in Europe

Edinburgh Airport – Where Scotland meets the world

  • Edinburgh is the busiest airport in Scotland – 14,747,830 passengers in 2019 (+3% on 2018)
  • 38 airlines are flying to 228 routes and 158 destinations
  • Edinburgh is the busiest domestic airport in the UK
  • Edinburgh has experienced the largest growth in international capacity amongst UK airports – 112% between 2019 and 2019
  • 42% of Edinburgh’s capacity comes from network carriers

Routes Launching in 2020

Route Airline Start Date Frequency
Rotterdam Transavia 5th May 2020 1x weekly
Birmingham easyJet 29th March 2020 Double daily
Catania easyJet 29th March 2020 2x weekly
Gibraltar easyJet 31st March 2020 2x weekly
Bydgoszcz Ryanair 2nd April 2020 2x weekly
Hannover Loganair 17th April 2020 4x weekly
Esbjerg Loganair 7th May 2020 3x weekly
Antalya TUI 23rd May 2020 Triple daily
Southend Flybe 15th June 2020 1x weekly
Izmir Jet2.com 5th May 2020 1x weekly
Sharm El Sheikh TUI 2nd November 2020 1x weekly

Some of the best known sights in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Edinburgh – Victoria Street, the Old Town, Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh – UNESCO World Heritage City


  • Edinburgh is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations attracting visitors with its breath-taking beauty, amazing history and culture, high-quality conference and convention centres and wide range of accommodation.
  • Edinburgh is the 2nd most visited destination in the UK after London
  • Named 2nd top UK destination for the fourth year in a row in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards (2018)
  • Voted fourth most beautiful city in the world (Rough Guide 2016)
  • For the fourth year in a row, Edinburgh won the Best UK City at the Telegraph Travel Awards in 2017
  • 7 of Scotland’s Top 10 attractions are in Edinburgh
    • Edinburgh Old and New Towns were designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996
    • Over 2m people visited Edinburgh Castle in 2017


  • Convention Edinburgh named finalist in the category of Best UK Convention Bureau (Meeting and Incentive Travel Awards 2016)
  • Voted best city in Europe to locate a tech business (European Business Magazine 2016)
  • Voted best city in the UK to launch a start-up (Expert Market 2017)
  • Edinburgh is the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings, rated 18 in the top 50 European City ranking and 27th in the world. (ICCA 2017)
  • Ranked second in the world for quality of life (Deutsche Bank 2017)
  • Edinburgh University was ranked 23rd in the world (QS World Rankings 2018)

From April to August each year, Edinburgh throbs with festival activity — including the International Science Festival (April), International Film Festival (June), Jazz Festival (July) Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, International Book Festival, International Festival and the Fringe Festival (all in August).

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Edinburgh – the world’s festival capital

  • Event and Festival Destination of the year (Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017)
  • Edinburgh’s festivals are a unique cultural phenomenon and each year they attract over 4 million people
  • Only the Olympics and the World Cup in Football exceed the number of tickets sold for Edinburgh’s festival events
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
    • Largest arts festival in the world with live theatre and comedy performances
    • 2.7m tickets sold in 2016 (+9% on 2016)
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
    • Showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe in front of an annual audience of 220,000 people
    • Around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television
    • Sold out for 18 consecutive years
  • International Film Festival, the longest continuously run film festival in the world, takes place over a 13-day period at the end of June.
  • Edinburgh Jazz Festival — Britain’s biggest jazz festival held annually in July, which boasts over 170 gigs at a dozen venues
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival — launched in 1983, is the biggest festival of the written word in the world – more than 800 authors in over 700 events
  • Edinburgh International Science Festival — world’s first science festival, founded in 1989 and remains Europe’s largest with 270 events
  • Edinburgh’s Christmas – nearly 2-months long (mid-November – early January) celebration of Christmas which includes everything from markets to ice rinks, theatres to light shows
  • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
    • Three-day winter festival that takes place at the end of each year
    • Highlights include Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street party where 150,000 people meet in the city to see in the New Year

Over 200 golf courses are within a two-hour drive of Edinburgh Airport - including the ‘home of Golf’ St Andrews, and Gleneagles.

Edinburgh – Scotland’s Golfing Gateway

  • Golden triangle of world famous courses – up to one-hour away from Edinburgh Airport:
    • St Andrews — the home of Golf;
    • Gleneagles — 2014 Ryder Cup host;
    • Muirfield — the world’s oldest golf club.
  • Over 200 golf courses are within a two-hour drive of Edinburgh Airport.


The best way to celebrate starting a new route into Edinburgh would be with a ‘wee dram’ of the golden liquid that Scotland is so famous for.

Edinburgh and whisky

  • 1.7 m visitors to Scotland’s distilleries in 2016 (+8% on 2015)
  • Edinburgh is a centre for whisky — The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Scotch Whisky Experience (326k visitors in 2016) are both based in the city.
  • Glenkinchie distillery, home of the ‘Edinburgh Malt’ is just 15 miles from the city centre.

Marketing and other support

Edinburgh Airport is ready to partner your airline to promote your new route into Scotland’s capital city.

New route launch activity — including the obligatory fire truck water arch - is all part of the marketing mix that Edinburgh Airport is willing and able to provide to new services.

Key marketing support points include:

  • Bespoke joint marketing plans developed for new route and airline launches;
  • Dedicated airline launch team to support all launch activity and logistics;
  • Comprehensive multi-channel marketing support. Live database in excess of 200k;
  • Strong partnerships with key associations including; Visit Scotland, Marketing Edinburgh, Festivals Edinburgh and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce;
  • On-site media support for new destinations from Edinburgh Airport;
  • Potential to integrate into Edinburgh Airport above the line destinations campaigns;
  • On-going tactical marketing assistance post launch.

For more information please contact the Edinburgh Airport Aviation Team on EDI_Aviation@edinburghairport.com

Airport Catchment area

Public Transport

  • Analysis of minute by minute travel times for public transport shows that over 2.2m people live closer to EDI than any other airport
    • Of those, 71% are ina the demographic bands who travel often (63% GLA)
    • 33% travel frequently
    • 38% travel regularly

Drive Times

  • Analysis of minute by minute drive time for the three main Scottish airports shows that over 2m people live closer to EDI than any other airport
  • Of those, 72% are in the demographic bands who travel often (64% GLA)
    • 35% travel frequently
    • 37% travel regularly

Airport Catchment area

edinburgh scotland map 2016

Computational analysis of drive times for major airports in Northern England and Scotland shows EDI’s core catchment in blue (i.e. closer than any other major airport). More than 2m people live in this blue area. – Click to enlarge

Edinburgh corportations

Edinburgh is home to some of the world’s major corporations.

Edinburgh corportations

Edinburgh – centre for digital tech and life sciences as previous corporate travel agents in Scotland

Scotland’s population is mainly focused in the central belt:

  • Central belt population moving east;
  • Edinburgh forecast growth of further 10% by 2025;
  • All areas of the defined EDI core catchment above are experiencing growth or strong growth.

Edinburgh – a wealthy market

  • Half of Scotland’s Top 20 most expensive streets are in Edinburgh (Source: Bank of Scotland, 2016)
  • Edinburgh has the second highest average gross disposable income (£21.2k) per head in the UK – Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are 20-30% lower than Edinburgh (Source: ONS 2015)
  • 47% of Edinburgh’s passengers fly internationally more than 7 times a year

Edinburgh – gateway to a thriving life sciences sector

  • Edinburgh Science Triangle is one of the top 10 R&D locations in Europe
  • Life sciences employ 37,000 people in over 650 organisations in Scotland
  • Sector turnover is c. £4bn
  • 90+ companies are based in the City of Edinburgh with an additional 60 in the Lothian area

Edinburgh – a major technology hub

  • Skyscanner, Fanduel and Rockstar North are some of the tech companies headquartered in the city
  • Several major tech incubators in the city – TechCube, Silicon Walk and The Melting Pot
  • Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics is a world leader in the field – supported 184 start ups in the last 5 years

Edinburgh – FOUR universities with a global focus

  • Education is the biggest driver of corporate long haul travel from Edinburgh (CAA passenger survey 2013)
  • Several major tech incubators in the city – CodeBase, TechCube, Silicon Walk and The Melting Pot
  • Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics is a world leader in the field – supported 184 start ups in the last 5 years
  • Edinburgh was the UK’s fastest growing tech hub in 2017


Edinburgh population

The map above shows government statistics on population change. The dark purple areas experiencing a strong growth; lighter purple are areas experiencing a lighter growth; areas in grey are stagnant or in decline.


  • Edinburgh Airport is located six miles (10km) west of the city centre on the east coast of the Scotland’s central belt, which enjoys a strong population growth (Edinburgh forecast to grow a further 10% by 2025).

There are several ways to access central Edinburgh using public transport from the airport — including the Airlink and Edinburgh Trams. There is also a bus into Glasgow city centre.

Bus/Tram connections

  • Dedicated, limited stop express bus service to Edinburgh City Centre up to every 7 minutes (travel time 30 minutes). Service operates 24/7.
  • Tram service to Edinburgh City Centre up to every 7 minutes (travel time 35 minutes).
  • Dedicated, limited stop express coach service to Glasgow City Centre every 30 minutes (travel time 60 minutes). Service operates 24/7.
  • Express bus service to Fife every 15 minutes (every 30 mins in the evening) (journey time 35 minutes). Service operates 24/7. Regular onward connections available to St. Andrews, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness with national rail and coach connections.
  • Direct bus service to Stirling every 2 hours (journey time 55 minutes). Option to disembark at Grangemouth and Bo’ness.
  • Regular bus service to Edinburgh Park business district and local communities in the south and north of Edinburgh.
  • Bus service to Livingston and West Lothian region every 30 minutes (travel time 40 minutes)
  • Bus Service direct to Dundee city centre every hour and a half (travel time 1 hour 20 mins)
  • Onsite facility for coaches serving groups, tours and charters.
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Queensferry Crossing will be completed by May 2017.

Rail connections

  • Edinburgh Gateway railway station on airport perimeter.
  • Accessed from terminal via tram link which operates up to every 7 minutes (journey time to station 7 minutes).
  • Quick and easy connections to northern Scotland – Fife, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.
  • Tram also provides connections to Edinburgh Park railway station up to every 7 minutes (journey time to station 13 minutes).
  • Quick and easy connections to central Scotland – Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling and Dunblane.
  • Integrated ticketing provides seamless booking from any railway station in the UK to Edinburgh Airport.

Road Connections

  • Direct motorway connections from central, northern and eastern Scotland.
  • Second Forth road crossing, “The Queensferry Crossing” opened inSeptember 2017 at a cost of between £1.35bn.
  • 7,220 on site car parking spaces.
  • On site taxi rank provides convenient transport to any destination in Scotland.
Edinburgh gateway

Edinburgh Gateway station opened in December 2016, which plugs the national rail network into the UK’s fastest growing airport.


Slot coordinated: Schedules facilitated airport (Level 2). Facilitation is performed by ACL.
Operating hours:

  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

EDI currently experiences a £150m terminal and airfield expansion project to facilitate growth and enhance passenger experience

  • Capacity –
    • 2020 capacity 16 million passengers with planned investment
    • Post-expansion capacity (2024): 20 million passengers
    • Masterplan: 30 million passengers by 2045
  • Terminal floor area – 70,000m2 with 2 piers
  • Modern, flexible check-in hall layout allows a wide variety of configurations of traditional and self-service check-in products
  • 4 Business Lounges
  • 30 Boarding Gates, 11 of which are equipped with an air bridge
  • 2 International Arrivals facilities and 1 Domestic Arrivals hall
  • Gen II security technology and C3 trials underway.
  • Fast Track Security and Immigration.

Handling agents: Swissport, Menzies, WFS, Stobart
Runways and Apron:

  • 1 runway (2,556m length)
  • Fire & Rescue: RFF CAT 9
  • Flexible stand layout with which can accommodate up to 64 Code C and D aircraft or 8 Code E with 49 Code C and D aircraft
    • 24 contact stands (11 served by air bridges)
    • 40 remote stands

Vital statistics

Passenger numbers (2019):

  • 14.75m passengers (+3% on 2018)
  • 39% Domestic : 61% International
  • 98% Scheduled : 2% Charter
  • 13% Business : 57% Leisure : 29% VFRR

Airlines and destinations

  • 37 airlines are flying 225 routes to 153 destinations

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top carriers edi 2015
top carriers edi 2015


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