Work on the project to bring trams to Edinburgh is well under way. David Johnston, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, speaks about what trams will mean for the capital gateway.
When Edinburgh Airport opened in 1977, it was predicted passenger numbers would never rise beyond three million a year.
David Johnstone is managing director of Edinburgh Airport
Last year, more than nine million passengers passed through the terminal - more than any other Scottish airport.
As Scotland's busiest airport, we have ambitious plans to grow Edinburgh Airport further in the years ahead, with annual passenger numbers expected to grow to as many as 26 million by 2030.
However, we know this ambition can only be realised if access to the airport is improved, both in terms of road access and in terms of public transport.
Currently, 24% of our passengers come to the airport by public transport, the highest figure for any UK airport without a rail link and higher than many with direct rail access.
However, we are far from complacent and have set targets to increase this figure even further.
That is why we have been such strong supporters of the Edinburgh Tram project, which will provide passengers with a new, fast, reliable service between the airport and Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh city centre and Leith from 2011.
The Scottish Government also plans to provide a new station at Gogar, providing an interchange between the tram and the Edinburgh-Fife railway line, improving access for passengers travelling to the airport from further afield.
Edinburgh Airport is committed to playing its part in the successful return of trams to Edinburgh.
We will construct a new walkway connecting the airport tram halt with the main terminal building.
As the airport terminal is developed, we would expect the halt to adjoin the terminal building, providing an effortless entry for tram passengers into the main check in area.
At BAA Edinburgh, we are proud of our city and proud of our airport and with the new tram line in place, passengers will have another important connection to the centre of the city of which we are so rightly proud.