Construction of the £80M, three storey extension to Edinburgh airport’s terminal building has begun.
The new building will stretch from the existing gate 12 to cover the old east end service yard out to the Gogar Burn, a water course to the south of the airport.
The extension is part of the airport’s £220M capital investment programme aimed at supporting growth of up to 16.5M passengers by 2021.
Six new gates and associated seating areas together with links, office space, baggage reclaim and air bridges to the new stands will be created.
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “This is a major investment for the capital and Scotland and further establishes Edinburgh Airport as one of the most innovative and forward thinking airports in the UK.
“We are Scotland’s busiest airport and the fastest growing airport in the UK – and that demand is only going to grow with the record numbers of passengers we expect to see passing through the terminal.
“There have been times this summer where we’ve experienced busy periods that have impacted on our service and this investment in new facilities will ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing.
“As Scotland’s gateway to the world, it’s vital that we have first class infrastructure and we will continue to invest in that, creating more jobs, supporting the economy and opening up Scotland to the world.”
The expansion is due to be completed by summer 2018.