Edinburgh Airport has started work on a new £80m extension to its existing terminal building to manage the expected surge of passengers.
The extension is part of a £220m investment programme to support growth and maintain operational standards over the next five years.
The current terminal extension plan will stretch out from the existing gate 12 area, covering the old east end service yard out to the Gogar Burn.
Scheduled to be completed by summer 2018, the extension will see the South East Pier developing new boarding gates and seating areas between gates 13 and 14.
The new terminal building has been designed to support forecasted growth of up to 16.5 million passengers in 2021 and beyond.
It will provide extended immigration, customs and international reclaim facilities, a new home for domestic reclaim hall, new retail opportunities, food and beverage options, toilets, lettable property and office space, VIP lounges, and retail storage.
Additionally, the extended terminal will provide six new gates, gate seating areas and connectivity through a number of fixed links, stair nodes and air bridges to the new stands
Edinburgh Airport CEO 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.”