Top 10 Christmas Things to Do near Edinburgh Airport

Things to do for Christmas near Edinburgh Airport

With just a few sleeps left until the big day, it’s time to start feeling a little festive in Edinburgh! Step back in time with Lauriston’s traditional festivities, visit Santa Claus and his Elves or unravel the Christmas Tree maze in George Street.

Here are our Top 10 things to see to enjoy Christmas near Edinburgh Airport to add a little sparkle to your holiday season.

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Edinburgh Airport, fastest growing airport in the UK

New research shows that Edinburgh Airport is officially the fastest growing airport in the UK, when looking at passenger numbers travelling internationally.

From 2015-2016, the airport saw a 21% growth in international passenger numbers, which helped catapult it towards the leading position in the Civil Aviation Authority’s table of UK airports.

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Edinburgh Airport has new plans to expand!

Edinburgh Airport has plans to expand its facilities! They have launched a consultation period which will be open for 6 weeks, to allow the public to provide their feedback on the details of the proposed development between now and 2040 The new plans look to concentrate on improving ground operations opposed to implementing new routes or alter the flight paths. With increased opposition from environmental campaigners, specific changes have been released such as enlarging terminal buildings and aircraft parking plans. The airport also aims to improve access to the site with the suggestion of a new road which will act as a link to the Gogar Roundabout.

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Edinburgh Airport’s 11.9% passenger increase in August

Edinburgh Airport have revealed that August was the 5th consecutive month where passenger numbers exceeded 1 million, a trend that began in April. August also marked a great year on year growth pattern as passenger numbers were up 11.9% over the same month the year before, reaching 1,296,189. As well as that, International passenger numbers increased by 18.4 per cent year-on-year to 819,218 and domestic passenger numbers rose by 2.1 per cent to 476,971.

International passenger numbers were supported by 11 new routes from Jet2, as well as new routes to Reykjavik, Vienna, Venice, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Paris Orly, Barcelona, Rome Fiumicino and Alicante. Continue reading…

Edinburgh Airport celebrates opening 100 years ago today

Scotland’s busiest airport is celebrating their 100th year of being open today. It was on this day in 1916 that Edinburgh Airport opened as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome, named Turnhouse, which was a key base for the military in WW1. It was opened commercially in the 1940s, with the new terminal being opened to the public in 1977.

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Edinburgh Airport is set for busiest year ever

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have seen a significant rise in passengers in the recent months. This is said to be due to more international routes being added from both of the airports. The figures suggest that Edinburgh will go on to have its most successful year ever on record, whereas Glasgow will have its best year since 2008.

Gordon Dewar, the Chief Executive at Edinburgh airport told BBC News "These exceptionally strong figures represent our busiest-ever November… a quiet month in air travel – on a par with what many other regional airports do at the peak of summer.” Continue reading…

Sparkling new terminal building in the works for Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is undergoing a great new expansion plan. The terminal building is on the move with plans for it to take the area that was the airport’s coach park. The new terminal building will have a new security hub, much larger and more user-friendly than the current one. The whole aim is to make Edinburgh Airport more capable of competing on an international scale and bring Scotland to a global audience.

The £150 million plan was announced in 2013, with phase one including a new security hall and temporary arrangements for an arrivals, immigration and baggage hall. A new retail centre will also be included in the upcoming works.

The new terminal will increase the Airport’s capacity and ability to deal with large aircraft and more long-haul routes. We look forward to seeing how this turns out!

Busiest year ever for Scottish airports Aberdeen and Edinburgh in 2013

Scotland’s largest airports have enjoyed increased passenger numbers, with Edinburgh and Aberdeen having their busiest year ever, and Glasgow having its busiest in several years.

Edinburgh Airport saw an increase of 6.3 per cent in 2013 with almost 9.8 million people passing through. These figures make Edinburgh the fifth busiest airport in the UK and in terms of airport passenger numbers, the third biggest in the UK, following London and Manchester.

Aberdeen Airport also celebrated its busiest ever year, with 3.48 million people passing through, a 3.79 per cent rise on the previous year. Of those, 517,526 were helicopter passengers. The previous record of 3.43 million in 2007 was just prior to the economic downturn.

The addition of airlines such as Wizz Air and Lufthansa Regional and their new routes contributed to the growth of international traffic. Continued strong performance from the airport’s long haul carriers Emirates, United and Virgin Atlantic, contributed to the reported growth of 2013 as well.

Glasgow Airport enjoyed its busiest year since 2008, with 7.4 million passengers passing through in 2013, an annual increase of 2.9 per cent.

Airport officials see this as representative of a recovery from the recession which hit the whole of the UK aviation sector. This number growth suggests renewed confidence amongst airlines and passengers, but many airlines are still operating in what remains a difficult economic environment.

There may be more records broken this year. The biggest sporting event in Scotland’s history, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be bringing an unprecedented number of travellers to Glasgow this summer.

Edinburgh is ‘Best in Europe’

Edinburgh Airport has run away with the ‘Best Airport’ trophy at the ACI Europe Awards, shrugging off competition from six other hubs, including Birmingham, Cologne in Germany, and Marseille in France.

Held at the Estoril Congress Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, the ACI Europe Awards reward “excellence and achievement” in the aviation industry. Participants are nominated in one of four groupings according to the number of travellers handled at the airport during the previous year. Edinburgh, with annual traffic in the region of 8.5m, featured in the ‘Best Airport – 5-10m Passengers’ category.

“The airport excels in all the key areas of operations”, explained a press release on the ACI Europe website. “However, the judges singled (Edinburgh) out for the dedication of its management and staff.” Kevin Brown, Edinburgh’s managing director, said that he was “particularly pleased” that airport workers were responsible for the hub’s success in Lisbon. Mr. Brown noted that Edinburgh had battled volcanic ash, snow, and industrial action to emerge victorious at the awards ceremony.

Struggling airport, Bournemouth, stole the award in the ‘1-5m Passengers’ contest, while Antalya Airport in Turkey was the victor in the ‘10-25m Passengers’ category. Representatives from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, a “model in terms of efficiency”, returned to Holland with the ‘Best Airport – Over 25m Passengers’ award.

An ‘Eco-Innovation Award’, won by Zurich Airport, and a ‘WBP Recognition Award’, which rewards individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the aviation industry, were also contested this year. The latter accolade was claimed by Harry Diehl, former executive of German retail firm, Gebr. Heinemann.

The 2011 ACI Europe Awards, held on June 17, has been running for seven years.

Ryanair to cull winter flights

Michael O’Leary’s airline, Ryanair, is to make sweeping cuts to its winter services at a number of UK airports, including Prestwick and Edinburgh in Scotland, and Stansted Airport in Essex. The move, announced earlier this month, means that 9 of 32 destinations from Edinburgh, and 3 of 15 from Prestwick, will not be available during winter 2011.

Given that Michael O’Leary is a vocal critic of the Air Passenger Duty, it should come as no surprise that Ryanair has cited the tax as the impetus for the winter flight cull. “UK airports continue to suffer from high tourist taxes, which continue to make Scottish destinations uncompetitive”, explained Lesley Kane, sales chief at Ryanair.

Edinburgh Airport stands to lose flights to Berlin in Germany, Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, Marrakech in Morocco, Tallinn in Estonia, and Turin in Italy. The flights are not presently offered by any other airline at Edinburgh, forcing passengers to travel to Glasgow Airport for routes to Berlin, Turin, and Malta, to Manchester for flights to Marrakech, and to Luton or East Midlands Airport for a trip to Tallinn.

Bosses at the Turnhouse hub were unfazed, however, stating “…we’re confident that we will continue to add routes and mirror the growth from this year."

At Prestwick Airport, O’Leary’s axe will fall on routes to Girona in Spain, Salzburg in Austria, and to London Stansted. The cull marks the second time in as many years that Ryanair has reduced its winter programme at Prestwick, which will no doubt have officials pondering the airport’s overreliance on the blue and yellow airline.

Ryanair, one of just two ‘true’ airlines at Prestwick, will provide 12 of the total 16 routes available at the Scottish airport this winter. The remaining four destinations are offered by WizzAir, and package holiday companies, Atlantic Holidays and Holidays4U. Curiously, Iain Cochrane, boss at the Ayrshire hub, was “delighted” with Ryanair’s winter schedule, despite the loss of three routes.

O’Leary plans to ground 80 Ryanair planes in winter 2011, in a bid to offset the costs incurred from the rising price of oil.