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Edinburgh Airport (IATA code EDI) is situated in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was the busiest airport in Scotland in 2008 with 9,006,702 passengers. It was the seventh busiest airport in the UK by passengers and the fifth busiest by aircraft movements.
The airport is owned and operated by BAA, which also owns and operates six other UK airports, and is itself owned by an international consortium led by the Spanish Ferrovial Group.
When the war ended the airfield still remained under military control, but by the late 1940s the first commercial services were launched. In 1947, British European Airways started a service between Edinburgh and London using Vickers Vikings followed by the Viscount and Vanguard series.
The Ministry of Defence transferred ownership to the Ministry of Aviation in 1960 to offer improved commercial service to the airport. Flying was temporarily diverted to East Fortune, which had its runway extended to accommodate the airliners of the period. In 1971 the British Airports Authority took over the airport and immediately started to expand it by constructing a new runway and terminal building. £250m is to be spent on the airport over the next decade. BAA has made provision in its Master Plan for the airport for an extension to the current runway 06/24, which would allow larger aircraft to serve longer haul destinations.
There are plans to expand further by adding a new runway and terminal by 2020 which would accommodate up to 20 million passengers per annum. BAA projects that by 2030 Edinburgh Airport will be handling 26 million passengers per annum.
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Airlines using Edinburgh Airport include:
- Aer Arann
- Aer Lingus
- Air France operated by CityJet
- Air France operated by ScotAirways for CityJet
- Air Transat
- BMI operated by BMI Regional
- British Airways
- British Airways operated by BA Cityflyer
- Cimber Sterling
- Continental Airlines
- Flybe operated by Loganair
- KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper
- Norwegian Air Shuttle
- Scandinavian Airlines System
The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Airport
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