Edinburgh Airport is aiming to become "one of the best airports in the UK" as it embarks on a major transformation project.

The main work will include a £25 million upgrade of the main terminal building to accommodate an increased number of passengers that pass through the airport on a daily basis. A large security area will be the focal point of the new 6,000 sq m terminal which is designed to allow people to move through the airport faster and ensure a much more pleasurable experience for passengers.

Officials at Edinburgh Airport said that the extra space along with new technology, processes and training will help to create a much improved service for the millions of passengers that use the airport every year. They will be able to benefit from new retail areas and a brand new airline business centre where companies can run their operations from.

The £150 million investment has been made available from the Board of Edinburgh Airport and will be delivered over the five years. It is designed to allow Scotland's busiest airport to compete with international rivals in terms of passengers numbers.

Edinburgh Airport is currently ranked as the sixth busiest airport in the UK behind Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted and Luton and according to figures from the Civil Aviation Authority the facility handled over nine million passengers in 2012.

The expansion is set to create a major boost for construction in the region creating around 100 new jobs. Works is due to begin in 2013 with the new security facility to be ready by late 2014 and the retail space to be open in 2015.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive, said: "Our expansion is a significant mark of our intent to transform our customers' experience of Edinburgh Airport through high quality facilities, outstanding customer service and one of the best direct international route networks in Europe."

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