Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport has finished construction of the main physical structure of its £40m terminal extension project.

The 5,000m² development includes the expansion of the airport’s departure lounge and will provide a wider choice of shops, bars and restaurants.

In addition, the airport will also construct a new security search area with capacity for 14 X-ray machines.

The first phase of the project, which includes construction of the new departure lounge, is scheduled to open in November 2009 and the entire project is expected to be complete by 2011.

The £40m project is a part of the proposed £100m investment at Edinburgh Airport over the next five years and will be entirely funded by the British Airport Authority.

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy said that this significant development will not only create valuable new jobs but will increase the airport’s competiveness on both a European and an international scale.

Edinburgh Airport manages 8.8 million passengers annually and has connections to more than 100 destinations worldwide.