Two travellers to Scotland from China are being treated in hospital amid fears over the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The patients were taken into isolation when they showed flu-like symptoms after entering the UK. No scans for the virus using thermal imagers are being made at Edinburgh Airportas yet although it is believed this will change shortly.
It is believed that the travellers came to Scotland from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the latest outbreak erupted, in the past week.
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Initial tests have not been able to rule out coronavirus but senior doctors believed the timing of the flights and symptoms gave grounds for concern.
One source said that the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital infection outbreak and control measures are in place around a ward where a patient was being treated in isolation.
A taxi driver working at Dublin Airport has spoken out about the reality of trying to continue working during the coronavirus outbreak.
Criticising the lack of information given to taxi drivers at the airport by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Gerry Fallon claimed that the onus is on individual drivers to accept passengers at their own discretion.
Gerry went on to say that the spread of the coronavirus is likely to take a significant financial toll on himself and his colleagues, as fewer passengers appear to be travelling to and from the airport.
Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland – maybe that’s its excuse for its poor flight delays record – in total 62.73% of all flights are delayed or cancelled.
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New research from compare the market has analysed Civil Aviation Authority data to help travellers find the airports and airlines that will get them to their destination the quickest, allowing them to search and filter to find the best option for their next flight.
Edinburgh is the second worst airport in the UK for delays and cancellations – with 1% of its flights cancelled and average delays of 19.11 minutes.
Of 26 major airports surveyed, Edinburgh came second only to London Stansted.
In contrast, Aberdeen came out as the third best of for punctuality, with only 40.5% of flights being delayed or cancelled from the northern airport.
As Edinburgh Airport’s journey numbers for 2018 were a new Scottish record for a single year it’s not surprising that the capital is faced with its own share of delay issues as the number of customers using the airport soar.
Not only that, the airport has the odds stacked against it when it comes to its flight providers. From the data collected, the five worst airlines to fly with were TAP Portugal, Eurowings, Ryanair, Oman Air and Swiss International Airlines, all of which fly from Edinburgh.
“This is a complex issue with many contributing factors and is more complicated than the statistics provided. The way the data has been presented is certainly helpful to companies like Compare the Market who sell travel insurance but not for passengers.
“Delays from other airports and issues like the weather and aircraft maintenance will have an impact and although we play a smaller part, we are working with all of the agencies and partners involved to improve the overall experience for passengers.”