Edinburgh Airport taxis to get better access

Edinburgh Airport plans £20m investment in transport improvements

More than £20m is being invested to improve transport access as part of ongoing development works at Edinburgh Airport.

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Edinburgh is the sixth busiest airport in the UK, with over 14.3 million passengers a year, and the first phase of the project will deliver a new east terminus next summer, which will provide:

  • Covered walkways for passengers;
  • A new passenger bridge;
  • A new PRM waiting area;
  • A new base for the airport’s licenced taxi operation;
  • A self-service kiosk for booking private taxis.

The second phase of the project will deliver a new access road to further ease congestion on Eastfield Road and will see the entire taxi drop-off facility move to the new facility.

As well as making it easier for licensed taxis to drop off and pick up passengers, this multi-million pound project will also see the construction of a new access road, helping to ease the congestion we currently see on Eastfield Road at peak times.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “As an airport, we provide quick and easy travel to destinations all over the world. That trip starts and ends here, so making it easier for people to get to and from the airport is important to us.

“By investing in our infrastructure, we’ll be able to deliver better access for public transport and increase those travel options for passengers, directly improving their journey.”

Airport drop-off charges on the increase

It will come as no surprise to frequent flyers that airport drop-off charges are on the increase .

The RAC said 18 of the 22 they looked at have introduced or raised drop-off fees and claimed motorists were “often left wincing” at the prices.

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Charges for seeing off someone as close to the terminal as possible have gone up at eight airports compared with last year.

Stansted and Luton topped the poll of the priciest airports for loved ones to say goodbye at, with initial charges of £4 for 10 minutes and 13 minutes, respectively.

Many airports offer short-term car parks for pick-ups so drivers can leave their vehicles and greet their passengers at the arrivals area.

Stansted hiked its prices for this type of parking the most, with a £2.50 rise to £8 for half an hour, taking it level with Luton for the most expensive pick-up fee.

In comparison, if you are dropping off or picking up at Leeds-Bradford, you get one whole hour for free.

Birmingham is the third costliest airport at £5.50 for an hour, and along with, East Midlands, Doncaster-Sheffield and Newcastle, it added £1 to its minimum dropping off charges.

Manchester asks for the most money per minute, with drivers getting just five for £3 – while in comparison – Heathrow and Gatwick are among six airports which continue to offer free drop-off facilities.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said the best advice is to “do your research” before heading to an airport to drop off or pick someone up.

He added: “Many travellers simply do not have easy public transport access to get to the airport and even if they do, they can’t always depend on it getting them to the airport in good time.

“Many drivers dropping off their friends or family will naturally only spend a minute or two doing so, which makes the experience all the more painful.”

Some airports offer cheaper rates, or even no charges for using car parks further away from the terminal, which often requires a shuttle bus connection.

A spokesman for the Airport Operators Association said: “Airports that operate drop-off charges directly outside the terminal do so for a number of different reasons, including to manage congestion in capacity-restricted areas and to limit the environmental and air quality impacts of kiss and fly journeys.

“As the RAC notes, airports offer free drop-off and pick-up alternatives with good links to the terminal.

“This information ensures travellers are well-informed on the range of options to suit their needs.”

The initial fees for using a car park close to airport terminals to pick up passengers, according to the RAC:

1:= Luton: £8 for 30 minutes

1= Stansted: £8 for 30 minutes

3:: Birmingham: £5.50 for one hour

4:: Manchester: £4.50 for 30 minutes

5::Heathrow: £4.20 for 30 minutes

6:: Edinburgh Airport : £4 for 15 minutes

7= East Midlands: £4 for 30 minutes

7= Gatwick: £4 for 30 minutes

9:: London City: £3.50 for 10 minutes

10:: Southend: £3 for 10 minutes

11= Liverpool John Lennon: £3 for 20 minutes

11= Glasgow Airport : £3 for 20 minutes

13:: Aberdeen: £2.50 for 15 minutes

14:: Newcastle: £2 for 10 minutes

15:: Southampton: £2 for 15 minutes

16= Belfast International: £1 for 10 minutes

16= Cardiff: £1 for 10 minutes

18:: Bristol: £1 for 20 minutes

19:: Jersey: 80p for 30 minutes

20:: Belfast City: Free for 10 minutes

21:: Doncaster Sheffield: Free for 15 minutes

22:: Leeds Bradford: Free for one hour

Flights will continue in no-deal Brexit

Post Brexit flights continue

0 commentsMolly DysonThu, 7 Mar 2019 11:36

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Transport secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed that the UK will reciprocate the European Union’s arrangements for air travel in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Grayling said reaching an agreement with the EU is still the government’s top priority but that “a responsible government must plan for every eventuality”.

In a statement, Grayling commented: “Air travel is vital for both the UK and the EU in connecting people and businesses, facilitating tourism and trade. The UK and EU have a mutual interest in maintaining well-functioning aviation markets.”

The European Commission has proposed a regulation to ensure air connectivity in the event of a no-deal Brexit. A final draft of the proposal has been provisionally agreed by the EU and is expected to be confirmed shortly, according to Grayling.

This regulation is intended to apply after the UK leaves the EU and would entitle UK airlines to continue operating to and from the EU until March 2020.

Grayling has today published a policy statement to set out how the UK will provide permissions for EU airlines to operate to and from the UK. He said the UK will reciprocate on three key principles – providing certainty and reassurance to businesses and consumers, minimising the potential for disruption in any Brexit scenario and maintaining a “level playing field for UK industry, ahead of future negotiations”.

In addition, “to ensure the continuity of regional services and to minimise disruption”, the UK government will allow member state airlines to operate wholly in the UK until the end of the IATAsummer season – 27 October 2019 – to ensure continued regional connectivity and allow businesses time to “adjust to new arrangements”. Code sharing on existing services will also be allowed to continue.

The news has been welcomed by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), with CEO Mark Tanzer saying: “Today’s announcement provides further assurance that, whatever the outcome of Brexit, travellers can continue to book holidays and business trips with confidence.

“It’s worth remembering that if the UK and the EU agree a deal, we will be in a transition period and everything will stay the same for travel until the end of 2020 – meaning people can continue to travel to the EU exactly as they do now. While it is encouraging that plans are in place for a no-deal scenario, we encourage politicians to work to avoid a no-deal Brexit.”