Edinburgh Airport celebrates centenary year

Edinburgh Airport celebrated its 100th birthday this week

Edinburgh Airport celebrated its 100th birthday this week

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Edinburgh Airport turned 100 this week and plans to celebrate by giving local school children giveaways and competitions.

Back on March 2, 1916, the airport began life as a Royal Flying Corps and was a key military base for the remainder of World War One.

The British Airport Authority took over in 1971 and by 1977 the Queen opened the new terminal building following a redevelopment.

The airport has soared since then and in 2015 had a record number of passengers with 11.1 million people flying from Edinburgh.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “This was a landmark date in our rich and long history.”