Edinburgh Airport (EDI/EGPH)

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Major reasons to serve this airport

Edinburgh Airport – Where Scotland meets the world

  • Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland — 12.4m passengers in 2016 (+11% or +1.24m on 2015) — 6th busiest airport in the UK
  • Fastest growing airport in international traffic in the UK – 7.2m international passengers (58% of all traffic) in 2016, an increase of 21% on 2015
  • 47% of all international passengers were inbound to Edinburgh (strongest international inbound mix in the UK outside London)
  • 35 airlines are flying 209 routes to 144 destinations
  • EDI continues development to meet the needs of our future passengers and airlines
    • Second international immigration hall opened in June 2015 as part of a £50 airside development
    • New 1,500sqm walk through World Duty Free store opened in August 2015 (housing largest World of Whisky outlet in the UK)
    • +45% increase in retail space in 2016
  • Capital investment of £179 over the next 5 years
    • Increase in security capacity
    • Increase in stands capacity
    • Increase in car rental capacity
    • Asset replacement
    • Terminal extensions
  • 27:44:29 Business:Leisure:VFR split
  • Highest proportion of business travellers in the UK outside of London.
  • 58% of passengers fly 7 times a year or more
  • The average EDI passenger flies 5 times per year
  • Named the ‘Best Airport’ for passenger satisfaction in the UK and top three in Europe, at the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012 and 2013.
  • Named ‘Airport of the Year’ (over six million passengers) in 2013 at the Airport Operations Association (AOA) Awards.
  • Named ‘Airport of the Year’ at the Scottish Transport Awards in 2013, 2014.

Routes Launched in 2017

Route Airline Start Date Frequency
EDI-LHR Flybe 26th March 2017 4x daily
EDI-GRO Ryanair 26th March 2017 2x weekly
EDI-IBZ Ryanair 26th March 2017 2x weekly
EDI-BGY Ryanair 27th March 2017 5x weekly
EDI-OPO Ryanair 28th March 2017 2x weekly
EDI-VGO Ryanair 29th March 2017 2x weekly
EDI-MJV Jet2 31st March 2017 2x weekly
EDI-MUC Eurowings 31st March 2017 5x weekly
EDI-LEI Jet2 27th April 2017 1x weekly
EDI-GRO Jet2 28th April 2017 2x weekly
EDI-NAP Jet2 29th April 2017 1x weekly
EDI-BIO EasyJet 30th April 2017 2x weekly
EDI-PUY Thomson 2nd May 2017 1x weekly
EDI-RHO Thomson 6th May 2017 1x weekly
EDI-AGP Thomson 7th May 2017 1x weekly
EDI-IOM Loganair 26th May 2017 4x weekly
EDI-SKG Jet2 30th May 2017 1x weekly
EDI-PMI British Airways 2nd June 2017 1x weekly
EDI-SWF Norwegian 15th June 2017 7x weekly
EDI-PVD Norwegian 16th June 2017 4x weekly
EDI-BDL Norwegian 17th June 2017 3x weekly
EDI-ATH Aegean Airlines 20th June 2017 2x weekly


New Routes Launching in 2017

Route Airline Start Date Frequency
EDI-EIN Ryanair 29th October 2017 3x weekly
EDI-KTW Ryanair 29th October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-TLS Ryanair 29th October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-BUD Ryanair 30th October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-FNC Ryanair 30th October 2017 1x weekly
EDI-NTE Ryanair 30th October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-TSF Ryanair 30th October 2017 3x weekly
EDI-CCF Ryanair 31st October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-FKB Ryanair 31st October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-HAM Ryanair 31st October 2017 2x weekly
EDI-PRG Ryanair 31st October 2017 3x weekly
EDI-VLC Ryanair 31st October 2017 3x weekly
EDI-SZZ Ryanair 2nd November 2017 2x weekly
EDI-WRO Ryanair 2nd November 2017 2x weekly
EDI-SIR Powdair 17th December 2017 2x 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
  • Best UK destination outside London for second year in a row (Tripadvisor 2016, 2015)
  • Voted fourth most beautiful city in the world (Rough Guide 2016)
  • Voted one of the ‘Top Ten Cities to Visit’ (Wanderlust Travel Awards 2014)
  • For the third year in a row, Edinburgh won the Best UK City at the Telegraph Travel Awards in 2016
  • 7 of Scotland’s Top 10 attractions are in Edinburgh
    • Edinburgh Old and New Towns were designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996
    • 1.5m people visited Edinburgh Castle in 2015
    • Edinburgh’s Arthur Seat is amongst Lonely Planet’s Top 10 world’s best city walks (2013)
  • In 2004, Edinburgh became the world’s first UNESCO’s City of Literature


  • 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)
  • Edinburgh is the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings and rated 20 in the top 50 European City ranking. (ICCA 2015)
  • Rated third safest city in the world (Post Office Travel Insurance 2015)
  • Edinburgh ranked in top 3 best places to live in the UK (PwC & think-tank Demos 2015)
  • Edinburgh University was ranked 17th in the world (QS World Rankings 2014)
  • Named ‘Best Mid-Sized European City’ (Financial Times fDi Magazine 2014)
  • Named ‘Best Foreign Direct Investment Strategy’ (Mid-Sized City) (Financial Times fDi Magazine 2014

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).

edinburgh festival city graph 2017

Edinburgh – the world’s festival capital

  • 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
    • 2.5m tickets sold in 2016 (+7.7% on 2015)
  • 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 the 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

  • 1.2m visitors each year tour Scotland’s distilleries.
  • Edinburgh is a centre for whisky — The Scotch Malt Whisky Society and the Scotch Whisky Experience (235k visitors in 2013) 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 in 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.

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

  • Edinburgh is in the Top 20 European cities with the most millionaires per head – 2nd highest in the UK after London (Source: Deadline News, 2016)
  • Half of Top 20 Scotland’s most expensive streets are in Edinburgh (Source: Bank of Scotland, 2016)
  • Edinburgh has the second highest average gross disposable income (£19.5) per head in the UK – Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow are 20-30% lower than Edinburgh (Source: ONS 2014).

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 32,000 people in over 650 organisations in Scotland
  • Sector turnover is c.£3bn
  • 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)
  • 24,000 overseas students in the city – 70% from outside the EU
  • University of Edinburgh ranked 21 in the world (QS World Rankings 2015/16)
  • EDI is main airport for St Andrews University and Dundee University


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).
  • Express bus service to Fife every 20 minutes (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.
  • 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 hour (travel time 40 minutes)
  • Onsite facility for coaches serving groups, tours and charters.
Edinburgh forth

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” opens May 2017 at a cost of between £1.325bn – £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.

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

  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


  • Capacity –
    • Current capacity 13 million with planned investment
    • Phase I Capacity (2021): 17 million with planned investment
    • 2040 Plan: 33 million
  • Area-55, 000m2
  • Two piers.
  • 34 traditional check-in desks
  • 43 remote desks
  • 29 self-service kiosks – Phase 5 Technology cloud-based internet check-in solution.
  • Seven air bridges.
  • State of the art high throughput Gen II security technology.
  • Fast Track Security.

Handling agents: Servisair and Menzies.
Runways and Apron:

  • Flexible stand layout with a total of 66 centre lines which can accommodate up to 53 aircraft (combination of Code B-E aircraft)
    • 20 contact stands (7 served by air bridge)
    • 33 remote (of which 12 cargo)

Vital statistics

Passenger numbers (2016):

  • 12.4m passengers (+11% or +1.24m on 2015)
  • 42% Domestic : 58% International
  • 98% Scheduled : 2% Charter
  • 27% Business : 44% Leisure : 29% VFR

Airlines and destinations

  • 33 airlines are flying 190 routes to 133 destinations

top carriers edi 2015

Top 10 domestic destinations in 2016

Destination Pax y/e August 2016 % change on 2015
London Stansted 792,989 48%
London Heathrow 677,054 -31%
London Gatwick 615,101 2%
London City 526,148 10%
Bristol 376,036 12%
Belfast International 272,290 8%
London Luton 266,734 3%
Birmingham 259,122 -6%
Southampton 191,923 1%
Belfast City 152,420 14%

Top 10 international destinations in 2015

Destination Pax y/e August 2016 % change on 2015
Dublin 546,273 8%
Amsterdam 360,661 26%
Paris CDG 233,526 2%
Copenhagen 225,631 50%
Alicante 181,065 24%
Tenerife 179,319 36%
Madrid 173,387 19%
Malaga 167,116 20%
Geneva 162,010 -5%
Barcelona 161,229 28%

121,800 aircraft movements in 2016 (+6% on 2015)
37,000 tonnes of cargo in 2016 (+4% on 2015)

  • 37k tonnes of cargo in 2016 (+4% on 2015)

Aircraft movements

  • 121,800 in 2016 (+6% on 2015)


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