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Edinburgh stars in new Will Ferrell film

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is the new Will Ferrell comedy on Netflix . The film was made on location in Edinburgh last year . Edinburgh locations featured in the film include Victoria Street , the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, the Ross Fountain, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow has been transported to Edinburgh’s Old Town in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

The comedy stars Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers given the chance to appear in the famous song contest.

It was filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow last year and in the plot the event takes place in Scotland’s capital.

However, the decision to move the iconic 14,300-capacity concert venue caused controversy among viewers after the film was released on the streaming service on Friday.

Twitter user Greagsy posted online: “Watching Eurovision on @NetflixUK. Edinburgh bloody stole the Glasgow Hydro, give us back our Hydro.”

William Derek wrote: “The Eurovision movie is decent, but the only thing that really triggers me is that the host city is Edinburgh, and the host venue is the Hydro… which is in Glasgow.”

Will Ferrell filmed scenes at Glasgow Airport back in October last year 

Angela MacDonald said: “I watched this this morning. Wasn’t too sure of it to begin with but I loved it. It’s a fun love letter to Eurovision and the cameos are great!! Loved seeing the Hydro all lit up… but ruuuuude having it billed as ‘Edinburgh’ – eugh!”

Kenny from the Block posted: “Watching this terrible Eurovision film on Netflix. Irrationally angry that they’ve put the Hydro in Edinburgh.”

The film also riled viewers with a scene where Glasgow Airport doubles as Edinburgh Airport.

Gary Fleming posted: “Currently watching Eurovision Song Contest: Story of Fire Saga.

“I could suspend disbelief that the Hydro was doubling for some place in Edinburgh but putting a sign saying ‘Edinburgh Airport’ on Glasgow Airport? Naw, that won’t do at all.”

Hollywood A-lister Ferrell co-wrote the movie which also stars former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

A spokeswoman for Film Edinburgh, which is charged with attracting major productions to the city, said: “You can imagine the excitement when the production team approached us with a parody of the world’s ultimate song contest, the Eurovision Song Contest.

“‘Why Edinburgh?’ we asked, to which director David Dobkin replied that he loved the city and it would be the perfect location for a parody about the Eurovision Song Contest.

“The city hosted the real Eurovision Song Contest back in 1972 and this was our chance to host it again.”

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Edinburgh Airport stays open

A consolidation plan to ensure that Edinburgh Airport remains open and operational during the coronavirus outbreak has been put into action.

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Enforced travel bans across the world have resulted in airlines dramatically reducing their schedules to and from Scotland, directly impacting on passenger numbers at the airport.

There was a small drop in passengers in February with 935,455 passengers passing through the airport, which was 0.4% behind February 2019. However, the airport is predicting a period of zero or close to zero passenger demand.

To protect as many jobs possible and ensure the airport is open throughout, the airport will implement a consolidation plan which will also form part of our recovery plan to ensure the airport is ready to return to full operations at the end of the outbreak. This plan includes:

  • Terminal consolidation with certain areas closed and the centralisation of operations
  • Deferring expenditure on some capital projects
  • Powering down high consuming energy items like elements of the baggage system and heating and cooling systems on parts of the airport that are closed
  • A number of retailers and food and beverage outlets suspending operations

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This is an unprecedented time not only for the aviation industry but for everyone as we all do what we can to ensure the health of ourselves and of those around us. For us, that includes the health of our airport. Our plan is based on keeping the airport open throughout and being there for those people who are still travelling and those staff members who are making that travel possible.

“We’re in a situation which is ever changing and as more countries enforce travel bans or special measures then it stands to reason that airlines will feel that impact and airports then feel that pain too. Unfortunately, that is happening now and we are trying to mitigate as best as we can and steer the airport through this situation in preparation for what comes next – and that is the biggest unknown in all of this.

“The airport is a facilitator of many things, that is our main role. Yes, we transport people around the world but it’s what those people bring that is the true value – they are our inward and outward tourists, they are our business leaders, they are our students and lecturers, they are our scientists and researchers. All of these things are important in the wider Scottish economy and we are doing what we can to ensure we are ready to return towards normal when the time comes.”

The airport has welcomed announcements by the UK and Scottish Governments on financial support for the sector through this situation. Gordon added: “We welcome the collaboration there has been with both governments at this critical time but we will need continued support to ensure that the aviation industry is able to play its part in the country’s economic recovery.  Along with other UK airports, we ask both governments to come together and show unity and support with the industry to help us weather this storm and come out of it still standing and ready to move forward again.”

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Covid-19 travel UPDATE: Ryanair, Jet2 and Tui cancel flights

ALL flights from Ryanair Group to and from Poland have been cancelled from midnight tonight, and Jet2 planes on their way to Spain turned back mid-air.

The announcement was “in response to the decision of the Polish government to ‘lock down’ the entire country and contain the spread of the Covis-19 virus”.

In a statement, the group said: “We are contacting all affected customers by email to advise them of their options and we urge customers not to call us. This is a fast-moving and complex situation and the safety and well-being of our people and customers is our main priority. We will continue to comply fully with all WHO and EASA guidelines and we will follow any travel restrictions that are imposed.

Today Spain revealed that their number of coronavirus cases has risen by 1500 to more than 5700 in just one day.

Meanwhile, Unite the union has written to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, requesting the immediate establishment of a Civil Aviation Crisis Task Force as the industry faces an unfolding crisis in the aftermath of Flybe falling into administration and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unite, as the UK’s leading civil aviation union, is warning that Edinburgh Airport and other airports across Scotland could be on the brink of collapse without support and stabilising measures from the Scottish Government. In his letter yesterday to the First Minister, Unite Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty called for the establishment of a Civil Aviation Crisis Task Force within 72 hours as the industry faces an unfolding crisis tantamount to that which faced the banking and financial services sector in 2007, he wrote:

Dear First Minister,

RE:  CIVIL AVIATION INDUSTRY CRISIS TASK FORCE

I am writing to you with the utmost urgency regarding the crisis facing the civil aviation industry in Scotland. Unite has been informed that hundreds of jobs are at immediate risk of redundancy in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports. The situation as you know directly results from Flybe falling into administration and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The scale of the crisis facing the aviation industry in Scotland, and across the UK, is tantamount to the crisis facing the banking and financial sector crisis from 2007 onwards. Unite understands that several airports across the UK are on the brink of collapse which would have a devastating impact on workers and the general public. In these extraordinary times as the pandemic moves into different phases in Scotland it is incumbent upon us to bring forward contingency measures to enable airports to remain functioning and to stabilise the industry and prevent mass redundancies.

TUI also cancelled a number of holidays amid travel advice to Malta, Cyrpus and more. The announcement triggered a high volume of calls to the company which was forced to shut down its responses to social media queries.

are there many flight cancellations at Edinburgh airport ?

yes, Ryanair, Jet2 and Tui have all cancelled flights t Edinburgh

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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.”

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Edinburgh Airport has the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport

Edinburgh Airport

recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time as a total of 1,508,586 passengers passed through it in July 2019.

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The figures are up 0.4% on the same month last year, but growth is down from 6.3% in July 2018.

Jul% vs Last Year
Domestic475,757-4.7%
International1,032,829+3.0%
Total1,508,586+0.4%
MAT Total14,763,216+6.5%

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:“It’s a bittersweet month for us – we’ve just recorded the busiest ever month for a Scottish airport for the second time, but it comes as we see a marked slowdown in growth.

“The fall in domestic travel has clearly had an impact and although there is growth internationally we cannot ignore the loss of routes over the past year, such as Norwegian pulling their transatlantic services.

“We previously warned that failure to cut the highest aviation tax in the world have an adverse effect on growth and this appears to be coming to fruition. Our industry hears the government’s concerns around the climate but the positive steps taken towards making aviation more sustainable have not been considered.

“Like all businesses, we are looking at how we make our operations more sustainable and how we can influence the wider industry to continue on that positive path. The airport campus employs around 7,000 people and as a business overall we support 23,000 jobs across Scotland – we have to find a way that delivers sustainable growth to ensure continued success for our economy.”

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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

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Edinburgh Airport to showcase Fringe acts

Acts from the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe will perform at Edinburgh Airport for the first time as the terminal becomes a new showcase venue.

From August 2-24, a selection of performers will give visitors a taste of the Fringe with 20-minute-long performances on the airport’s Plaza area, with a stage being set up next to the famous ‘EDINBURGH’ sign. Working with MLA Talent, acts will be sourced throughout the festival to keep the daily schedule fresh and exciting for passengers.

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Edinburgh Trams will provide free travel for the performers who will also showcase their acts on the journey to and from the airport.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said, “Edinburgh’s festivals are renowned across the globe and every year we have visitors flying in from all over the world to experience it for themselves, which brings a great atmosphere to the city.

“There’s no better way to welcome visitors to our fantastic capital city than giving them a taste of the festivals from the moment they land, creating that positive start to what we hope is a memorable trip to Scotland and Edinburgh.”

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Edinburgh Airport could be sold off by GIP

Scotland’s busiest airport could be set to change hands in a multibillion pound deal, according to reports. The private equity firm which owns Edinburgh Airport is said to considering a sale of the hub in a deal which could it see it make a profit in excess of £1bn. Edinburgh Airport news from Airport Taxis Edinburgh International

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a New York based investor group, purchased the airport from the now defunct BAA for £807m seven years ago.

But amid speculation the company is now looking to cash on soaring valuations of aviation infrastructure, it could sell on Edinburgh for as much as £2bn.

It is understood any potential sale could accelerate the airport’s growth strategy. Flights are being launched to 12 new European routes later this year as well as a new link to the US city of Boston.

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Last year GIP sold off its majority stake in Gatwick, with a hotly contested auction ultimately won by a £2.9bn bid from Vinci, the French airport operator.

In 2016, GIP sold London City Airport to a Canadian consortium for around £2bn, nearly three times what it paid for the hub a decade previously.

With Edinburgh GIP’s sole remaining part of its British airport portfolio, city sources told the Sunday Telegraph the company is considering dispensing with it altogether.

It comes at a time when Scotland’s busiest terminal is enjoying unprecedented growth.

It handled nearly 15 per cent more passengers last month than it did over the same period in 2018, with the airport’s passenger total soaring to 1,106,998, the first time it has topped the one million figure in March.

It means the traditionally quieter months of January and February are the only ones not to achieve passenger totals in excess of seven figures in the space of a calendar year.

One major airport investor told the Sunday Telegraph that GIP is expected to wait for more clarity over Brexit before launching a formal sale process

One city source said major infrastructure funds including Brookfield, Macquarie, APG and CKI could be among those to register an interest in taking over Edinburgh.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport declined to comment on the reports, but it is not the first time GIP have been linked with a sale.

The group was said to have explored hiving off the hub in 2017, but decided against the move because uncertainty surrounding Brexit – in particular access to European aviation markets – would impact on the price.

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Edinburgh Christmas festivals expexted to generate record visitors

THE economic impact of major festivals to Edinburgh has been underlined by a new report that has found the capital’s Christmas events generated £113m last year. Book your Edinburgh Airport taxis on 0800-6190575 .

Underbelly, the major Fringe producers who also manage the Christmas festival and Hogmanay, said last year’s events – which include an ice rink, a market, a city centre fair and other attractions – drew 919,344 visitors.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “More than 1.8 million people passed through Edinburgh Airport last November and December and we expect to see that rise this year.”

Over the six week run, the Christmas festival grew its audience by 3.7%, which was up from 886,651 visitors the previous year, a report by BOP Consulting has found.

Underbelly recently released an impact assessment, by the same company, for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay which showed an economic impact for Edinburgh from the festival in 2017/18 of £39m.

Footfall to Edinburgh’s Christmas three main sites was counted at 4.653m.

The centre of the city is transformed during the festival, with attractions, rides, food markets and a big wheel taking up Princes Street Gardens and St Andrew Square.

More than 771,000 tickets were bought for Edinburgh’s Christmas rides, attractions and shows last year.

The majority of the attendees were from outside Edinburgh and the Lothian area.

Of the 65% who came from outside the capital, around seven per cent came from 47 different countries including Australia, Ireland, USA, Holland, Spain, Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand.

Last year was the fifth year of Underbelly produced Edinburgh’s Christmas for the City of Edinburgh Council.

Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of Underbelly, said: “It’s fantastic to get this independent research and to read its finding of the vast economic impact that Edinburgh’s Christmas brings to the city and to Scotland.

“We’re very proud that Edinburgh’s Christmas is now firmly on the map as a global winter destination with sky high levels of customer satisfaction and return visits, and visitors who consistently rate the event as their major reason for coming to Edinburgh.

“The research shows that the event supports thousands of jobs in the city but it’s great to see how many residents also come and enjoy its attractions.”

The Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross, said: “Over 142,333 tickets were snapped up last year by Edinburgh residents with their 20% discount, and 69% of citizens said Edinburgh’s Christmas was the main or only reason they came into the city centre that day.”

Roddy Smith, the chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh’s Christmas delivers huge footfall gains and economic impact for the city centre every year and we expect this year, especially with Silent Light – with its combination of spectacle and fun – to be no different.

“We are delighted to be a partner in the creation of what promises to be the most fun and exciting attraction yet for George Street this Christmas.

“2017 was fantastic for the city centre and we are looking forward the attractions this year.”

 

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Edinburgh Airport launches public consultation on new plans for flights over Fife

A Kirkcaldy MP is urging residents in coastal communities from Limekilns to Aberdour to make their voices heard on a brand-new flight path proposal. Edinburgh Airport launched a four-week public consultation on Friday after drawing up new plans for flights crossing the skies over Fife – but the exercise omits a public meeting. The revised E7a route – which replaces E7 – will mainly affect communities in Dalgety Bay, Inverkeithing and North Queensferry. Initial impact assessments suggest flight heights have been lowered and the turning circle has been increased, which will result in more households being affected.

However, it appears flight number projections have been reduced to an estimated 47 flights per day by 2024. Lesley Laird, member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, said: “The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has clearly asked Edinburgh airport to look again at their proposals.

Read more at: https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/mp-calls-for-public-meeting-on-flight-path-plans-1-4746258