Scotland’s busiest airport welcomes year of centenary celebrations
Edinburgh Airport is today (Wednesday, March 2) welcoming the start of its 100th birthday celebrations with events, limited edition giveaways and competitions planned for the months ahead.
It began its life as ‘Turnhouse’, a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, on March 2, 1916 and was a key military base for the remainder of World War One. The British Airports Authority (BAA) took over ownership of the airport on April 1, 1971 and the initial stages of its redevelopment started two years later. The terminal building – designed by Sir Robert Matthew – was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on May 27, 1977.
BAA sold Edinburgh Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners in April 2012 and the airport has since experienced increasing growth with passenger traffic at – reaching a record level in 2015 with more than 11.1 million passengers.
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, said: “How time flies when you’re having fun! Today is a landmark date as we set out our plans in the months ahead to celebrate 100 years of air travel at Edinburgh Airport.
“Although clearly focused on delivering future growth at Edinburgh Airport we have a rich and long history here, and we aim to involve as many people as possible in celebrating this great centenary story.
“We will be planning a series of events including parties, limited edition giveaways and competitions to come in the months ahead.
“Our passengers and adults and kids in the local community will be invited to get involved as we offer limited edition giveaways, host competitions and hold a major party to come in the months ahead.”