Edinburgh Airport reports increase in passenger numbers for May

Edinburgh Airport has consolidated its position as the busiest airport in Scotland with its report of a 3.5 per cent increase in May passenger numbers. The airport entrance can get quite congested from about six in the morning because of passengers arriving for early morning flights . A transfer to Edinburgh Airport from Falkirk takes about half an hour. Phone 07576-127097 for transfer bookings.

The airport, owned by Global Infrastructure Partners, said a total of 937,093 passengers passed through its terminals last month.

International passenger numbers are reported to have risen 5.7 per cent year-on-year to 517,543 in total, which the airport said was down to the launch of a number of new routes.

New routes launched in May included three new long-haul destinations linking Edinburgh Airport with Chicago and Philadelphia in the US and Doha in Qatar.

The airport said domestic passenger numbers rose by 0.9 per cent in May from to 419,550 in total.

Chief executive Gordon Dewar said May was “a tremendous month” the airport.

“We enjoyed two of our most successful weeks ever when we launched four international airline routes, something which we’ve never experienced before,” he said.

“We worked hard with our city partners to deliver Edinburgh’s first Middle Eastern route and we’re looking forward to a successful partnership with Qatar Airways who are operating Scotland’s first scheduled Dreamliner.

“The success of these new routes will enhance our global connectivity and ensure we continue to provide our passengers with the best choice possible.

“With the school summer holidays just around the corner, coupled with the Ryder Cup and Edinburgh Festival, we’re looking forward to welcoming many thousands of passengers through our airport over the coming weeks.”

A transfer to Edinburgh Airport from Falkirk takes about half an hour. Phone 07576-127097 for transfer bookings

Football fans warned about taxi fares in Brazil

Football fans lucky enough to be going to Rio de Janeiro for this month’s World Cup are being told to watch out for drivers who over- charge them for a ride in one of the city’s yellow taxis. A new tariff has been introduced but there has been a delay in fitting new
meters to the taxi fleet.
Fares rose 12 per cent this year and drivers have to work out the fare based on a table. Some drivers who have had the new meters fitted are adding another 12 percent onto fares, said Rio’s consumer watchdog, Procon Carioca.
“They are thieves,” Silverio Barros, a taxi driver in Botafogo, one of the city’s business hubs, said of some of his fellow drivers.
Both the blue seal attached to one side of the new meters and the yellow tag on older models are difficult to spot. Rio’s government expects to fit all taxis with new meters by June 6, six days before the start of soccer’s World Cup.
About one-third of the 500,000 World Cup ticket holders from overseas will pass through Rio, according to Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes. Procon has called on passengers to pass any grievances over fares to the watchdog.
“Complaints will be forwarded to the department for transport, which could fine, seal the meter and, depending on the severity of the complaint, revoke the driver’s licence,” the agency said.
The city’s delay in updating meters could cayse chaos and confusion to tourists who don’t speak Portuguese who won’t understand why fares are higher than the amount displayed, Barros said.
“The change has been poorly handled by the city,” said Barros. “These tables are terrible for taxi drivers.”

England are the only Home Nation to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The tournament starts on Thursday with a game between hosts Brazil and Croatia.

Edinburgh Airport gets third children’s play area

 Edinburgh Airport aims to become Scotland’s most child-friendly airport with the unveiling of a brand new children’s soft-play area.

Travelling through the gateway with young children has got a bit easier for mothers and fathers thanks to the play area installed in the airport’s departure lounge.

This is the third play area to be built at Edinburgh Airport since January.

 

The new area, sponsored by Thomson, is located between Gates 10 and 11, and gives children the chance to jump around before boarding their flights.

 

Parents can fully supervise from seating areas around the play zone, which features slides, mini-climbing wall, tunnel and other fun obstacles.

Four-year-old Imogen Dyer, and her brother Lysander, nearly two, from Edinburgh, were the very first children to use the new play zone, having spotted it the minute they walked into the departure lounge.

 

Their father, Keith, said: “This is a fantastic idea and something which I think a lot of parents will be grateful for when they travel with young children.

Flybe announces new daily flights to London City airport

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has  signed a five-year agreement with London City Airport which will see the introduction of a competitively priced route from Edinburgh Airport to the heart of London. This means Flybe will now operate 10 direct services from Edinburgh.  The airline has also announced services from London City to Inverness, Dublin, Belfast City and Exeter.

From  October 2014, Flybe will offer four times daily services between the two cities, which includes  flights arriving in London before 9am for under £50 .

Flybe expects the new route will appeal particularly to those travelling for business to and from the City of London and Canary Wharf whose travel plans are time-critical and who will appreciate the reduced transfer times compared to flying to or from West Sussex or Bedfordshire. London City airport is conveniently located in the heart of the financial capital with connections offered every ten minutes by Docklands Light Railway, meaning that passengers can be in Canary Wharf in 12 minutes – and, via the London Underground, in Westminster in just 24.

Saad Hammad, Flybe’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We’re delighted to announce this brand new affordable and competitively priced service between Edinburgh and London City airport.  Today’s news is a significant landmark in the re-birth of Flybe.  The decision to re-enter the London market at its most convenient airport follows a rigorous profitability analysis utilising our strict ‘Route Assessment Model’.

“We have taken into consideration how appealing London City is for business travellers looking to be in central London in time for morning meetings, as well as getting home in time to put the kids to bed.”

“Flybe is today already connecting over 7 million passengers a year throughout the UK and Europe.  With this new major London connection from Inverness, we are not only cementing our position as Europe’s largest regional airline but also upholding our customer promise to be significantly faster than rail or road – ‘The Fastest Way from A to Flybe’.”

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said:

“Air travel remains the best way for Scots to access London and we’re delighted to see Flybe announce this new service to London City Airport.

“We will grow as an airport by providing our passengers with choice.  It is fantastic to be continuing to do that with a strong Flybe brand.

“We look forward to working with the new team to provide even more choice for our passengers.”

Colin Keir MSP, Edinburgh Western Constituency, said:

“I’m delighted to see that Flybe will be offering another alternative service to London. This shows confidence in Edinburgh and I wish them great success.”

Edinburgh Airport traffic increases

Passenger numbers at Edinburgh Airport increased by over 11% in January, with a huge increase in domestic traffic seeing over 580,000 passengers travel through the terminal.

A total of 586,184 passengers travelled through Edinburgh Airport last month, an increase of 11.5% compared to January 2013.

The number of domestic passengers rose by 9.4% on the previous year , with a total of 321,502 passengers at the airport .

International traffic  increased by  14.3% on January 2013, with a total of 264,682 passengers.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, said: “We’ve enjoyed a strong start to 2014 with our domestic carriers seeing a steady increase in passenger numbers in January.

“The introduction of Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red service to Heathrow has seen an extra 25,000 passengers travel through Edinburgh Airport compared to the same time last year. ”

The city of Edinburgh has won 2 more accolades from Wanderlust magazine . The city was voted 4th best destination in the UK , and eighth best city in the world

Top City: Bagan

1. Bagan, Myanmar/Burma 97.50%

2. Luang Prabang, Laos 95.71

3. Hoi An, Vietnam 94.33

4. Venice, Italy 94.19

5. San Francisco, USA 94.12

6. Cusco, Peru 93.85

7. New York, USA 93.51

8. Edinburgh, UK 93.08

9. Cape Town, South Africa 92.97

10. Tallinn, Estonia 92.63

With a whopping 97.50% satisfaction rating, Bagan is your winner this year. You racked up over 768 cities on your travels! From Bognor to Ouagadougou, Abidjan to Zwolle. Hanoi was the most visited city, followed by London, Hoi An and Paris!

Top UK Destinations: Lake District

1. Lake District

2. London

3. Cornwall

4. Edinburgh

5. Peak District

6. Scottish Highlands

7. Northumberland

8. Yorkshire Dales National Park

9. Snowdonia

10. Bath

Even cosmopolitan London was no match for the breathtaking views and rural charm of the Lake District. It’s your top UK destination.

New services from Edinburgh Airport

In line with its expansion strategy for  Edinburgh Airport  , owners GIT have announced new routes from Norway to the capital  . Business and leisure passengers will have increased opportunities to travel to Norway after Scandinavian Airlines  announced it will introduce two new services to the country from next April.

SAS will operate twice-weekly services, on a Thursday and Sunday, from Edinburgh to Oslo and Stavanger from 10 April until 05 October, increasing connectivity between Scotland and Norway and enhancing onward travel options to more destinations in northern Europe.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Airport, said: “Norway is an important trade and business link for Scotland and we’re delighted to be working with SAS in developing this further.

“Expanding our route network is one of our top priorities and we’re pleased to be introducing these new flights to allow Scots the opportunity to visit this beautiful country.

“The year will be hugely exciting for Scotland. We’re looking forward to welcoming our Norwegian passengers and giving them a taste of all that Scotland has to offer in 2014.” Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’ Regional General Manager Western Europe, commented: “We are pleased to offer new summer services direct to both Oslo and Stavanger and provide a direct flight to Norway, the fjords, and Scandinavia.  “For any business travellers wishing to travel during this period, we offer the convenience of direct flights to either Oslo or Stavanger, with onward flights to many other Norwegian destinations.”  In 2014 Scotland hosts golf’s Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow . It’s even possible that the city’s tram system will be up and running by April . Test runs have been completed all the way to Princes Street in the city centre.

Airport Transfers – Edinburgh to Falkirk

Airport transfers Edinburgh.

Airport transfers Falkirk have been serving customers in Falkirk since 1996. We can transfer you to Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport. Phone 07576-127097 to book your taxi or make an online booking. We offer fixed price fares at discount prices to travel to  most destinations from Travel from  Edinburgh to Falkirk takes about half an hour subject to traffic. There is usually congestion at the Newbridge roundabout on the M9  at peak times near the airport so delays of up to 10 minutes  can be expected.
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Airport Transfers Falkirk

airport transfers falkirk, taxiAirport transfers Falkirk offer a cost effective transfer service to Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport from Falkirk , Stirling ,  St Andrews and most cities in Scotland. Freephone 0800-0029165 for more information and bookings.

Enquiries and bookings – request a fixed price quote or make a booking by phone on our taxi number 07576-127097 . Airport Transfers offers an online booking service for customers. Customers can make a booking 24/7. Bookings will be confirmed by phone . Fixed price transfers from Falkirk to Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport. We use licenced taxi drivers based in Falkirk.

Most of our fares are below the standard tariff for the journey .

Sample transfers

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  • Edinburgh Airport to Falkirk
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  • Denny to Prestwick Airport
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Customers can save even more by booking the return journey at the same time.

These fares are for daytime journeys on Tariff 1. Transfers after 9pm are on Tariff 2 which is an extra 25%.

Business customers can make payment in advance by credit card. We offer competitive prices and cheap transfers for customers.