Visitors to the States will be able to join a scheme that will allow them to skip the notoriously long queues at US immigration from December following the expansion of Global Entry to British citizens.
Global Entry, which is already available at 46 US airports and 13 preclearance locations, allows for faster processing of pre-approved, low-risk travellers.
However, travellers have to go through a lengthy application process and spend more than £100 in fees, so the scheme is likely to be most appealing to the 125,000 British citizens who travel to the US at least four times a year.
British citizens will have to register via the Home Office website and pay a £42 fee. If they pass the UK vetting process they will be given an acces code to enter when applying for Global Entry through the Global Online Enrolment System.
Once their application is approved, they must have an interview with an officer to assess eligibility. The fee for a five-year membership is $100.
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Scotland will bask in a summer heatwave , but just for 48 hours. As families set off on their summer holidays abroad , and Edinburgh Airport reporting its busiest weekend of the year , people staying at home will enjoy a heatwave today and tomorrow . Early booking is recommended for airport taxis from Falkirk by phoning 01324-883305 .
Those living along the Moray Firth can expect the best weather in the country while the central belt will get temperatures up to 25 degrees.
The Mediterranean climate is expected to continue into tomorrow with conditions reaching up to 28 degrees in Ayrshire .
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The Summer holiday travel rush has started with Edinburgh Airport reporting its busiest weekend of the year as families head for the sun . Early booking is recommended for airport taxis from Falkirk by phoning 01324-883305 .
Edinburgh Airport has pulled out all the stops to help families make a smooth departure with their new security queue for families .
More than 90,000 people have jetted off from the airport last weekend as the school summer holidays get under way – with top destinations including Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Amsterdam.
But airport bosses are urging travellers to “prepare for security” following a spate of recent delays and hold-ups involving the terminal’s new £25 million security hall.
Now airport chiefs are temporarily bringing in a dedicated family line to help parents and youngsters get through security and “make that part of the journey easier”.
And with the annual Edinburgh trades holiday kicking off next weekend, David Wilson, the airport’s chief operating officer, vowed staff would be “pulling out all the stops”.
He said: “Last month saw over one million passengers travel through the terminal – our busiest May on record and almost ten per cent up on last year.
The Easter travel rush is starting earlier than ever, with one of Britain’s top five airports predicting its busiest day will be tomorrow . Early booking is recommended for airport taxis from Falkirk by phoning 01324-883305 .
Information from the UK’s busiest airports reveals a record-breaking Easter holiday. At Edinburgh Airport, tomorrow will be the peak day for departing passengers, with more than 17,000 flying out of the Scottish capital. The most popular destinations are Amsterdam, Dublin and Paris with Malaga the Mediterranean favourite. Bookings can be made 24/7 for taxis to Edinburgh Airport on 07576-127097 .
England’s busiest holiday airport, Gatwick, will be at their busiest on Good Friday, with 65,000 passengers expected to leave. Passenger numbers are up 4.6 per cent over last year, making it the busiest-ever Easter for the Sussex airport. Barcelona is in the top spot, followed by Dublin and Malaga, with Geneva and Orlando edging out last year’s top-five contenders, Faro and Amsterdam.
Stansted is also expecting Good Friday to be its peak day for departures, with 40,500 passengers taking off. The following day, Ryanair dips a toe into the Atlantic by launching the first budget flights to the Azores. A weekly flight will connect Essex with the island of Sao Miguel.
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Passengers going abroad for their summer holidays face extra security checks at airport departure gates . Following an alert about a terrorist plot to plant explosives in consumer electronics such as mobile phones, tablet computers or laptops, the Department for Transport this week warned all international passengers: “Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you won’t be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft.” The DfT specifies that all flights to and from the UK could be affected. Most passengers will not be asked to switch on their devices .
The confusion seems to apply to airports who have taken different approaches to notifying passengers and implementing the extra checks .
The Edinburgh Airport website makes no reference to the new rules, saying only: “Passengers travelling to the United States should expect their airline to carry out additional security checks prior to boarding.” A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said: “Security staff continue to maintain high levels of vigilance at all times and ensure that current security measures are implemented fully and conscientiously. These include screening and checking electronic devices.”
Some easyJet and British Airways passengers from Gatwick faced delays on the first wave of flights. For both airlines, four out of the first 10 departures from Gatwick this morning were delayed by up to an hour, including flights to Venice, Bordeaux and Nice.
Departures from the UK’s other three big airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester – were operating normally. However, BA passengers from Baltimore arrived 20 hours late and last night’s Frankfurt-Heathrow arrival is now scheduled for this afternoon.
Eurocontrol in Brussels warned of “moderate to high delays” for flights to the Greek islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Skiathos because of a lack of capacity. There were also airspace restrictions in western France and Cyprus.
The Kelpies have become a major tourist attraction in Falkirk with over a million visitors so far . The Kelpies are just a short journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow city centre or the Airport . Visit the Kelpies with Airport Taxi Transfers . Phone 07576-127097 for a free quote to the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth.
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Glasgow artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpies, with construction work on the 300-tonne, 98ft (30 m) steel figures starting in 2013.
The completion of the £5 million venture marked a significant stage in the £43 million Helix project,
The Helix Park is a major attraction if you visit Falkirk , with 27 kilometres ( 17 miles ) of cycleways and footpaths , making it an ideal resort for families as well as walkers and cyclists. The Park is on the route of the new John Muir Way which goes from Dunbar , Muir’s home town , to the west coast of Scotland . The Helix Park in Grangemouth covers a greenspace of almost 300 hectares. Opening up Scotland’s canal network, the Helix will also offer an outdoor recreational area filled with woodland, park, watersports lagoon, pathways, cycleways, and the iconic 30 metre high landmark sculptures, the Kelpies. A taxi from Edinburgh to the Kelpies takes about 30 minutes from the airport .
The aim of the project is to transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban greenspace , “The Helix”. This includes a performance area, on which large scale events can be held, facilities for watersports provided by the construction of a large lagoon, all surrounded by play areas and high quality pathways.
The Kelpies will be a major tourist attraction in the same way the Falkirk Wheel is , but with no cafe or restaurant facilities visitors may spend little or nothing in the area . The performance area, which could host large scale events , has potential to bring in revenue to the area , although it is not clear just how much . Callendar Park used to host the Big in Falkirk music and arts festival . Recently Falkirk stadium has hosted concerts by Elton John and Rod Stewart .
The final element of the Helix is giant new playpark. A set of giant wooden tepee-like structures making up the adventure zone will tower over the park.
Councillors were told the Helix Park is considered a “destination” for play and the design had to show it could cope with a large volume of use from children aged from three to 14, be as iconic as the park itself and the Kelpies, use materials in keeping with the park which were also durable and be innovative.
Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “This will be one of the prime play areas in Scotland and it is expected to be widely used.
“There was a lot of community consultation and feedback about what would be required.
“This product has been selected because of durability and is expected to last for 40 years.”
She added it is hoped the project, which is being part-funded by sportscotland, will be a “great” attraction for youngsters.
The Kelpies in the Helix Park opened to the public in April . The park opened with a night-time artworks exhibition on the theme of Scotland as HOME with spectacular light, sound and flame display, by Groupe F, around Andy Scott’s iconic new cultural landmark. The aim is to provide an iconic landmark and tourist attraction for Falkirk . Drivers on the M9 can’t miss the 30 metre high sculptures as they drive past . Airport Taxi Transfers Falkirk can transfer visitors from Edinburgh Airport to the Kelpies in 30 minutes . Download our free screensaver of the Kelpies , Helix Park , Grangemouth .
A spectacular night-time arts event called HOME launched both the opening of the John Muir Way and the international launch of The Kelpies prior to their opening to the public . On two evenings, 17th and 18th April, a selection of one-off, specially-commissioned night-time artworks illuminated Helix Park, as thousands gathered round the iconic Kelpies for an extraordinary animation of the colossal 300 tonne, 30 metre-high sculptures backed by a pulsating soundtrack.
Groupe F – the pyrotechnic maestros who worked at Big in Falkirk as well as the Millennium illumination of the Eiffel Tower – brought the monuments to horse-powered heritage to life with a dazzling light, flame and sound performance.
Funding was provided by the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks programme. In 2005 the Helix project was awarded one of the top four prizes, which kick-started the £43 million project. The plans include a new 950-yard (870 m) section of canal, which joins the river below the four fixed bridges at a new sea lock. A new bridge under the M9 motorway has been constructed by cut and cover methods, and a lift bridge has been inserted into the A905 road. Two high-pressure oil pipelines which cross the area to feed the refinery at Grangemouth have been re-routed .
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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
5. Peak District
6. Scottish Highlands
8. Yorkshire Dales National Park
Even cosmopolitan London was no match for the breathtaking views and rural charm of the Lake District. It’s your top UK destination.
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.