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Edinburgh Airport flies the flight fantastic

Edinburgh Airport has stunned visitors by lighting the control tower  in violet ahead of a rebranding.

Airport chiefs have stated the colour change could be a glimpse into  the rebrand which is  revealed to the public today at Edinburgh Castle.

“We changed the colour on the tower as a little teaser for the public, and also because it’s coming up to Christmas,” said airport spokesman Gordon Robertson.

“We wanted to build up anticipation and excitement about the changes that are being made. The rebrand is needed, we’ve been working very hard in the six months since it was purchased by new owners and we’re all very excited.”

The airport was bought by GIP in the summer and numerous improvements have been made since then. The car park has been totally resurfaced. The controversial drop-off charge of £1 is still in place causing compaints from Airport shuttle companoes in Falkirk. Critics have said that it is a blatant ripoff to charge customers for using the airport. There is no sign of the airport chiefs changing their mind about the charge.

The airport was sold in April to Global Infrastructure Partners, after the Competition Commission ruled BAA had to sell either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Former managing director of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, has been appointed chief executive officer. Mr Dewar is currently CEO of Bahrain International Airport and will rejoin the team at Edinburgh in the summer.

The airport’s current managing director, Jim O’Sullivan, has agreed to continue in his role until then. Edinburgh Airport refused to say what post Mr O’Sullivan was moving to.

Competitive player Michael McGhee, Global Infrastructure Partners partner, said: “Gordon is an outstanding airport executive, with relevant experience of Edinburgh Airport. “We are pleased to have secured his return and look forward to supporting him and his team as they begin the important job of establishing Edinburgh Airport as a more dynamic, competitive player in the global aviation industry.”

He added: “It is important to acknowledge the important role played by current airport managing director, Jim O’Sullivan, who has steered his team through the sale process with the highest levels of professionalism and focus.

“He will leave Edinburgh Airport in good shape, and with our best wishes.”

Gordon Dewar, who was managing director of Edinburgh Airport between 2008 and 2010, said: “Edinburgh is my home city, and I am excited to be returning to one of the most important jobs in the capital. The challenge of leading the airport and the team into a new era of competition and growth is an irresistible one, and very different to the role I once played in BAA. “Edinburgh Airport’s future, its plans and its identity, will all be shaped in Edinburgh, and our decisions will only be influenced by what is good for Edinburgh Airport, and the city and country we serve.”

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Falkirk Wheel travel

Falkirk Wheel celebrates its 10th anniversary

The Falkirk Wheel , opened by the Queen in 2002, has celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Wheel’s iconic design has attracted visitors from around the world and it has become one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions . Princess Anne travelled to the Wheel to join the celebrations that Scottish Canals, the public corporation which has taken over from British Waterways in Scotland, was inaugurated.The Wheel enables canal boats to transfer from the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Chairman Dr Jon Hargreaves said: “The Falkirk Wheel has made a great contribution to the image of Scotland and is now an intrinsic part of the Lowland canals and a perfect symbol of their renaissance and the broad economic, social and environmental public value they together deliver.”

The proposal to reopen the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal first became a real possibility in the early 1990s but the question mark was how to join the two to create the Millennium Link – a canal network enabling travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow, while regenerating the communities along the waterways.

Dr Hargreaves added: “When planning the Millennium Link, we wanted an extraordinary design which could become an icon affirming that the 18th century canal system is back and have an important role to play in travel in the 21st century.

Transfers from Falkirk town centre take just five minutes and can be booked by phone on 07576-127097. Transfers can be arranged for the surrounding areas including Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow.

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