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Edinburgh Airport set for £40m expansion

Edinburgh Airport is to receive a £40 million makeover that will make it one of the leading gateways to Europe

Edinburgh Airport is to receive a £40 million makeover that will make it one of the leading gateways to Europe.

The new extension is expected to create more than 200 jobs in Edinburgh and will increase capacity at the terminal.

In addition to new bars, shops and restaurants, the extension will feature a new security area.

The screening area will have the capacity for 14 x-ray machines that will allow the airport to handle up to 13 million passengers per year on flights around Europe.

Airport managing director Gordon Dewar said: "Edinburgh Airport is an economic asset of national importance, sustaining our vital tourist industry and supporting many thousands of jobs.

"More importantly, it will ensure that when the economy recovers, as it will, Scotland’s busiest airport is well placed to compete with Europe’s biggest and best."

Meanwhile, Glasgow Airport’s recently renovated inner forecourt has been opened for use by public transport vehicles.

Some 300 security bollards have been installed in front of the terminal at a cost of £2 million.

The reopening of the forecourt marks a "return to normal" for the airport, according to its managing director Amanda McMillan.

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