The new British Airways Lounge at Edinburgh Airport has recently been opened and almost as though to complement this, Â Peter Brown’s fascinating history of Edinburgh Airport has arrived on my desk.
While the Royal Navy had an emergency landing field in East Lothian, it was only after the Zeppelin attacks on Edinburgh and Leith in April 1916, that Turnhouse came into its own as the base for No.26 reserve squadron. Â Planes were brought via the railway and assembled on site, being stored under canvas hangars until better accommodation could be built.
During two World Wars, Turnhouse serviced Â many squadrons of the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm, some active fighting units defending Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth and others training units.
Edinburgh Corporation saw its potential as a civilian airport postwar and in 1946, the first British European scheduled service between Edinburgh and London began. Today Edinburgh Airport handles almost 10 million passengers a year on an average 311 flights per day. Over 2500 people are employed at the airport and planned investments include a Â£40 million extension, doubling the size of the departure lounge.
Peter Brown’s book covers a great deal of history and contains around 180 photographs, from 1916 Handleys to the most recent showing Easyjet’s inaugural flight to Edinburgh from the author’s home in Southend.
The author has compiled research done on behalf of servicemen and their families Â as well as other authors of military history into what must be the definitive story of Scotland’s busiest airport. Â Edinburgh Airport Through Time is available in paperback from Amazon