Edinburgh Airport‘s £25 million new security hall continues to cause delays to fliers in its first few months . It has six lanes compared with the previous 12, but the airport describes them as “high performance” because they separate passengers with bags that need manual searches.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has become the latest high-profile passenger to criticise Edinburgh Airport delays at the security check-in .
She tweeted: “This is maybe the 4th or 5th time I’ve been through the new security @EDI_Airport – never ceases to amaze me how terrible it is. Useless.”
Passengers are advised to allow plenty of time to get through security at the airport .
The exchange came a week after Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne condemned the “pretty bad system” at Scotland’s busiest airport.
Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost also tweeted: “Thank you Ruth for saying what so many frequent travellers think. It just doesn’t seem to be improving.”
Fellow passenger Stewart Mackinlay tweeted: “Edinburgh used to be great up until they moved security. Absolute shambles now.”
An airport spokesman said: “Ruth clearly wasn’t happy with her experience through the security hall and we apologised for what she viewed as a bad experience. We take on board all passenger feedback as we continue to strive to improve the overall passenger journey throughout the terminal.”
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.
Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland. The airport has one terminal building with two entrances , one for UK passengers and one for international passengers. The airport can be reached by car , bus and taxi. There is no direct rail link but the new tram system terminates at the airport. The nearest railway station is Edinburgh Park which is on the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow/ Stirling. Passengers would need a taxi from the station to get to the airport.
Passengers who have booked a taxi should go to the dropoff point on the ground floor of the multistorey carpark outside the terminal .
Edinburgh Airport can be reached by car,taxi or bus. Edinburgh’s new tramline terminates at the airport. It has just started operating a full service into Edinburgh city centre.
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
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 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.