Edinburgh Airport drop-off charge will take its toll on taxi drivers

By Clare Carswell

TAXI drivers will be forced to bear the brunt of a new drop-off charge at Edinburgh Airport being introduced from today (Fri).

While disabled passengers will also find their journeys made more complicated by changes to the system.

Airport bosses will start charging £1 for every car and taxi to drop passengers off outside the terminal after deeming thee the forecourt area as no-longer “fit for purpose”.

An airport spokesman said: “We have, for a number of reasons, decided to introduce a charge in our forecourt, which is no longer fit for purpose. 

“At peak times, we have a car arrive every 11 seconds and there is only space for 18 cars.”

Disabled passengers who are dropped off by friends and family will not have to pay, as current policy to admit blue badge holders into the forecourt for 15 minutes free of charge will be maintained. Continue reading

Scaled-down plan could be third time lucky for Murray Estates

By Christine Lavelle

FORMER Rangers chairman Sir David Murray has submitted a watered-down plan for a new housing development in one of Edinburgh’s suburbs.

The proposal – which includes 121 homes and a residential care home – is Murray Estates’ third attempt in a year to develop the site next to Ratho Station.

Last year, blueprints for 200 houses, a care home and a community centre were rejected by council bosses, as they believed it would interfere with the land earmarked for a new Royal Highland Showground.

And in February this year, another proposal for 180 properties was also denied.

But – the firm has submitted a dramatically scaled down version of the plan – looking to build just 121 houses, while providing funding to improve roads in the area and to erect a community facility. Continue reading

Picking up son from Edinburgh Airport cost nearly £1 a minute

By Christine Lavelle

EDINBURGH Airport has been accused of “ripping off” its passengers, after one man was charged £26 to park his car for 27 minutes.

John Hamilton, from Kelty in Fife, said the airport is confusing customers with a confusing new parking system.

The airport brought in a new elite service in July this year, which uses the ground floor of the multi-storey car park being used for short-term stays.

This ‘Fast Track’ area costs £26 a day for customers to have the priviledge of parking a one minute walk away from the main terminal building.

But, Mr Hamilton says the new system is misleading and with the signs being so unclear at the airport, it is had led to more people paying huge sums to park their cars. Continue reading

Papal tartan welcome as thousands cheer Pope in Edinburgh

By Shaun Milne

THE POPE arrived in Scotland to be greeted by an adoring crowd of some 125,000 people in glorious Edinburgh sunshine on his first State Visit to Britain today.

It dwarfed protests from less than 100 or so people after flashpoints failed to materialise and mar what turned out to be huge success for the city with coverage of the historic visit beamed to a worldwide audience of around a BILLION people.

One lucky schoolboy found himself being hugged by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in an impromptu walkabout in Morningside before lunch, while others revelled in being able to grab just a fleeting glimpse of the Catholic leader.

But in his first speech of the four-day UK wide visit, Pope Benedict XVI made it clear that he wanted to extend “the hand of friendship” to everyone gathered. Continue reading

Pope crowds urged to stay away from Edinburgh Airport

By Oliver Farrimond

THRONGS of well-wishers expected to greet the Pope’s arrival in Scotland have been warned to stay away from Edinburgh Airport.

Pope Benedict XVI will touch down away from the main terminal building, where his engagement on Scottish soil will be a greeting from Prince Phillip on the airport tarmac.

And now airport bosses have said that they fear crowds of onlookers attempting to get a glimpse of his Holiness could cause chaos for other travellers.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: “We are keen to ensure people don’t come to the airport to try to see the Pope arriving, but go to the designated viewing areas in Princes Street. Continue reading

Police chief’s anticipation of Pope’s four-day-visit to Scotland

By Christine Lavelle

ONE of the men in charge of policing the Pope’s visit to Scotland later this month said he anticipated an “extraordinary” event.

Pope Benedict XVI will fly into Edinburgh on September 16 as part of his four day state visit presenting an enormous challenge to policing his visit to the city and journey west into Glasgow.

But Lothian and Borders Chief Constable David Strang, head of his force since 2007, said: “It is going to be an enormous event for the city and for our force, and of course for Strathclyde Police,as the Pope makes his way to Glasgow. Continue reading

Major response to Edinburgh airport over Ryanair alert

By Michael MacLeod

A FULL scale emergency was declared at Edinburgh Airport tonight after a Ryanair flight reported problems on approach for landing.

The plane from Pisa in Italy was due to land at 7.25pm but was delayed mid-air and forced to circle after the wheels failed to come down.

The Boeing 737-800 series was carrying up to 189 passengers and six crew members.

The pilot made an emergency call at 7.39pm, triggering a convoy of fire trucks and ambulance vehicles to stand-by on the Turnhouse runway.
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Swinney welcomes opening of Edinburgh Airport extension

By Christine Lavelle

THE BIGGEST project in Edinburgh Airport’s 33 year history was declared officially complete today.

The new departure lounge, which cost over £40m and took two years to extend, has doubled the size of the security hall and created space for new retail facilities, restaurants and seating.

The overhaul means the airport will be able to cope with increased passenger numbers of up to 13 million, while lessening the amount of time people have to spend going through security.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, was there to open the new lounge, and said he thought the expansion of the would mean a significant contribution to the Scottish economy. Continue reading

Quick-thinking pilot saves the day

By Paul Thornton

AN EAGLE-EYED pilot helped save residents from an explosive blaze after spotting the danger from thousands of feet up while coming in to land.

The aircraft was over West Lothian on its way to land at Edinburgh Airport when its captain spotted flames shooting into the night sky shortly after 11pm on Wednesday.

He immediately radioed the airport control tower who scrambled emergency services to the scene of the fire at Coxydene Farm in East Calder.

Rescuers evacuated two nearby cottages as firefighters fought to douse flames engulfing up to five highly explosive cylinders containing liquid petroleum gas and acetylene. Continue reading

RAF cargo plane collides with deer on runway

By Michael MacLeod

AN RAF cargo plane hit a pair of deer as it came into land at RAF Kinloss.

Parts of the propeller were smashed off as the SAAB-Scania aircraft moved along the air base runway at nearly 60mph.

Air accident investigators revealed how the 33 year-old pilot tried to brake hard but failed to avoid the wild animals.
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