Avoid the transfer queues at US immigration

Visitors to the States will be able to join a scheme that will allow them to skip the notoriously long queues at US immigration from December following the expansion of Global Entry to British citizens.

Global Entry, which is already available at 46 US airports and 13 preclearance locations, allows for faster processing of pre-approved, low-risk travellers.

However, travellers have to go through a lengthy application process and spend more than £100 in fees, so the scheme is likely to be most appealing to the 125,000 British citizens who travel to the US at least four times a year.

British citizens will have to register via the Home Office website and pay a £42 fee. If they pass the UK vetting process they will be given an acces code to enter when applying for Global Entry through the Global Online Enrolment System.

Once their application is approved, they must have an interview with an officer to assess eligibility. The fee for a five-year membership is $100.

Applications can be made from December 3.

Airport transfers from Edinburgh Airport have been subject to delays but the situation has improved in the last few months.

Edinburgh Airport delays in security hall continue

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 .

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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.”

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Summer heatwave starts – phone 01324-883305 for airport taxis

Scotland will bask in a summer heatwave , but just for 48 hours. As families set off on their summer holidays abroad , and Edinburgh Airport reporting its busiest weekend of the year ,  people staying at home will enjoy a heatwave today and tomorrow . Early booking is recommended for airport taxis from Falkirk  by phoning 01324-883305 .

Those living along the Moray Firth can expect the best weather in the country while the central belt will get temperatures up to 25 degrees.

The Mediterranean climate is expected to continue into tomorrow with conditions reaching up to 28 degrees in Ayrshire .

The Summer holiday travel rush has started with Edinburgh Airport reporting its busiest weekend of the year as families head for the sun  . Early booking is recommended for airport taxis from Falkirk  by phoning 01324-883305 .

Edinburgh Airport has pulled out all the stops to help families make a smooth departure with their new  security queue for families .

More than 90,000 people have jetted off from the airport last weekend as the school summer holidays get under way – with top destinations including Malaga, Alicante, Palma and Amsterdam.

But airport bosses are urging travellers to “prepare for security” following a spate of recent delays and hold-ups involving the terminal’s new £25 million security hall.

 Now airport chiefs are temporarily bringing in a dedicated family line to help parents and youngsters get through security and “make that part of the journey easier”.

And with the annual Edinburgh trades holiday kicking off next weekend, David Wilson, the airport’s chief operating officer, vowed staff would be “pulling out all the stops”.

He said: “Last month saw over one million passengers travel through the terminal – our busiest May on record and almost ten per cent up on last year.

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Airport transfers news – Air passenger duty 50% cut “a genuine game changer”

In November the Smith Commission published proposals  , supported by the main UK political parties, to devolve responsibility for  air passenger duty in Scotland  to the Scottish government. Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar has expressed his opposition to air passenger duty on many occasions , calling it a real competitive disadvantage for the airport .

Airports in England  have called upon the Treasury to ensure that no parts of the country are “disadvantaged” by any reduction in the tax in Scotland, in advance of the UK government setting out draft legislation on these plans by January 25.

AOA chief executive Darren Caplan said despite government attempts to reform APD it still continues to be the highest in the world and represents a barrier to trade, investment and tourism.

A cut in air passenger duty in one part of the country should be matched by a cut everywhere, according to the Airport Operators Association , the trade body that represents more than 50 airports.

He said more needs to be done to tackle the tax in all parts of the UK. “The Smith Commission’s proposal to devolve APD to Scotland is a genuine game changer, given the long-stated ambition of the Scottish Government to reduce APD by 50% in the short-term, to be followed by eventual abolition in the future,” said Caplan.

“Now that the Scottish Government plans to follow our European competitors in taking action on this tax, the Treasury should think seriously about the impact that this will have on the rest of the UK.

“We continue to believe that a cut in APD anywhere should be matched, immediately, by a cut everywhere, so that no parts of the country are disadvantaged in any way, and we urge the Treasury to publish a plan that sets out how and when this can be delivered.”

The Smith Commission was announced by prime minister David Cameron in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum last year.

Christmas getaway starts this week

More people than ever before are expected to leave the country over Christmas .
Passenger numbers are expected to swell on Thursday, a full week before Christmas Day. The next day, 400,000 people will fly out of Britain for a holiday abroad.
Airports including Heathrow and Gatwick are preparing for the busiest festive spell in their history as the annual exodus begins .

Edinburgh Airport expects this Thursday to be its busiest day of the Christmas season. Tenerife is reported as the top winter-sun destination, with Amsterdam the leading city break.
Britain’s second-busiest airport Gatwick said December 21 will be its busiest day, with 64,000 passengers expected to depart for key destinations including Geneva, Barcelona and Dublin. This is a rise of 10 per cent on last year – although numbers were down due to a disastrous flood on Christmas Eve.
More than 37,000 passengers will leave Stansted next Monday December 22, the latest peak of the major airports.
Heathrow declined to reveal its forecast numbers, but Friday is expected to be its busiest day. A city break in New York is the airport’s most popular trip, followed by winter sun in Dubai.

control tower turns red at Edinburgh Airport to support Poppy Appeal

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The control tower at Edinburgh Airport has been changed to red to mark Remembrance Day.

The 57m-high tower will be red every evening until November 11 to raise awareness of the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

The airport will also play host to Poppyscotland’s photographic exhibition Unforgettable Stories in the departure lounge.

It features black-and-white images of people from across Scotland and their messages about what the poppy means to them.

David Wilson, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, and former member of the Parachute Regiment, said: “As an ex-serviceman the Poppyscotland appeal is a cause very close to my heart.

“Edinburgh Airport has had a great relationship with the charity for a long time and I’m delighted we can work together again to raise awareness and highlight the wonderful work Poppyscotland does.”

Colin Flinn from Poppyscotland said: “We are very grateful to Edinburgh Airport for the huge range of support they are giving to the 2013 Scottish Poppy Appeal.
Donations can be made at the Scottish Poppy Appeal website .

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Freephone 0800-6190575 for transfers , pickups at Edinburgh airport multi-storey car park

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.

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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.

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New security rules on electronic devices cause confusion and delays at airports in UK

Passengers going abroad for their summer holidays face extra security checks at airport departure gates . Following an alert about a terrorist plot to plant explosives in consumer electronics such as mobile phones, tablet computers or laptops, the Department for Transport this week warned all international passengers: “Make sure your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device doesn’t switch on when requested, you won’t be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft.” The DfT specifies that all flights to and from the UK could be affected. Most passengers will not be asked to switch on their devices .
The confusion seems to apply to airports who have taken different approaches to notifying passengers and implementing the extra checks .
The Edinburgh Airport website makes no reference to the new rules, saying only: “Passengers travelling to the United States should expect their airline to carry out additional security checks prior to boarding.” A spokesperson for Edinburgh Airport said: “Security staff continue to maintain high levels of vigilance at all times and ensure that current security measures are implemented fully and conscientiously. These include screening and checking electronic devices.”

Some easyJet and British Airways passengers from Gatwick faced delays on the first wave of flights. For both airlines, four out of the first 10 departures from Gatwick this morning were delayed by up to an hour, including flights to Venice, Bordeaux and Nice.

Departures from the UK’s other three big airports – Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester – were operating normally. However, BA passengers from Baltimore arrived 20 hours late and last night’s Frankfurt-Heathrow arrival is now scheduled for this afternoon.

Eurocontrol in Brussels warned of “moderate to high delays” for flights to the Greek islands of Crete, Mykonos, Santorini and Skiathos because of a lack of capacity. There were also airspace restrictions in western France and Cyprus.

Edinburgh Airport reports increase in passenger numbers for May

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