The administrative centre of Scotland, Edinburgh, has its main airport less than six miles west of the city centre, which in 2011 was the busiest airport in Scotland.
Building work started on the present airport in 1977. To cater for increased traffic, a new control tower opened in 2005, while other enhancements have included more car parking facilities and an extension to the arrivals hall.
In spring 2012, Edinburgh Airport found new owners, after the UK Competition Commission had asked its previous incumbent, the British Airports Authority, to divest itself of one of its two Scottish airports – the other being Glasgow – to increase competition.
Scots are finding it increasingly convenient and pleasant to fly from Edinburgh Airport, and have showed their support by boosting passenger numbers to a new record of nearly 9.4 million in 2011, which is double the figure achieved less than 15 years earlier.
Palma, Malaga and Madrid airports are all among the 20 which receive the highest numbers of passengers on flights from Edinburgh, but many who are flying further afield use feeder services to London Heathrow or Gatwick to connect with their onward flights.
Edinburgh Airport lies beside the A8 trunk road between Edinburgh and Glasgow, into which a number of major motorways feed, giving easy access from many of Scotland's other main towns and cities.
A direct tram route from Edinburgh city centre is also expected to open by 2014, while there are also plans to build a new railway station at Gogar, which would connect with both tram and train services.
Runway resurfacing and an extension to the departure hall are among projects completed in recent years, while a completely new runway and terminal are in the pipeline for completion by 2020, under plans to increase capacity to more than 12 million by 2020.
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