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Edinburgh Airport business district plans

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The Scottish Government has called-in plans for a major mixed-use business-led development near Edinburgh Airport due to concerns over the impact the development would have on transport.

Set for vacant land near the airport’s Hilton Hotel and the main A8 road, the 90-acre International Business Gateway scheme has been in the pipeline for more than a decade.

The £500 million project is being driven by a consortium consisting of Murray EstatesFrogmore PropertyNew Ingliston Limited and Salmon Harvester Properties.

Designed by 7N Architects, it will eventually boast around 122,000 square metres of commercial and business floor space, nearly 400 new homes – 25% of which would be affordable – 1,150 hotel bedrooms and at least 5,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Despite gaining planning approval from the City of Edinburgh Council in May, the future of the business hub will now be decided by the Scottish Government.

In their letter setting out why the application has been called in, the Scottish Government said: “The reason for this direction is to allow further consideration of transport impacts of the proposed development, in view of the national importance of the West Edinburgh area.”

David Murray, the managing director at Murray Capital, labelled the decision “deeply disappointing” and said it was putting politics ahead of growth and investment.

Mr Murray said: “The government has made clear its intent to steward the growth of the Scottish economy at a time of very significant downside risk. But the words are not being matched by action in this case, quite the reverse.

“This project would create hundreds of jobs in its development and house 12,000 jobs when completed.

“The politics of the planning process is putting investment, jobs and growth at risk. The danger is the message from the Scottish Government to the world is a negative one at the very point when we need strategic projects like this active and investing in the city and country.”

A decision on another west Edinburgh project by the same developer, the Edinburgh Garden District, is still pending more than three years after it was called-in by government planners.

Mr Murray added: “That project has already been with the Scottish Government for over three years following planning approval by the city council in June 2016. Both are strategically critical projects for the city and the country. I ask ministers to expedite this next process with very significant urgency and hope that they understand that the costs of delay are very real.”

On the Garden District application, the Scottish Government spokesman said: “This is a complex application and ministers are currently giving full and proper consideration to it Every effort is being made to issue the decision as soon as possible.”

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New routes from Edinburgh Airport

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air is set to launch four routes from Edinburgh Airport to European cities Warsaw, Gdansk, Budapest and Bucharest.

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Airport chief Gordon Dewar predicts the new options will appeal both to Polish and other central European nationals living in Scotland and to Scots looking for new ways to explore some of the continent’s most magnificent cities.

Gdansk waterfront.
Gdansk waterfront.

Wizz Air managing director said: “Our customers travelling to Budapest, Bucharest, Gdańsk and Warsaw will enjoy fantastic value-for-money.”

The new Wizz Air routes will be operational in December.

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Thomas Cook considers selling its airline

Thomas Cook is considering selling off its airline to give it greater ‘financial flexibility’ to invest in its own-brand hotels and the digitalisation of its sales channels.

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The announcement came as it reported an increase in losses for the three months to the end of December from £14 million to £60 million.

Meanwhile revenue was largely unchanged, rising just 1% to £1.66 billion.

Chief executive Peter Fankhauser said a review of the airline was in early stages and would look at ‘all options to enhance value to shareholders and intensify our strategic focus’.

Thomas Cook currently operates a fleet of 103 aircraft, a quarter serving long-haul destinations.

Referring to trading in the first quarter, Fankhauser said: “As expected, the knock-on effect from the prolonged summer heatwave and high prices in the Canaries have impacted customer demand for winter sun.

“Where summer 2018 bookings started very strongly, bookings for summer 2019 reflect some consumer uncertainty, particularly in the UK, and our decision to reduce capacity which will both mitigate risk in our tour operator business and help our airline to consolidate the strong growth achieved last year.”

Thomas Cook said strong customer demand for Turkey and North African destinations had offset weaker demand for Spain.

Highly competitive market conditions in the UK had hit gross margins, it added.

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New scanners improve security at Edinburgh Aiport

Edinburgh Airport has installed three new scanners in its security hall, reducing wait times for passengers, enhancing security and readying the airport for the future introduction of 100% scanning by the UK Department for Transport.

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The new scanners complete a full scan-and-analyze cycle in just 3.8 seconds in the standard model

Commenting on the installation, Peter Barnes, security operations manager at Edinburgh Airport, said, “The Rohde & Schwarz scanners have improved our security performance thanks to its high accuracy rate and the low frequency of false alarms which has maximized our passenger throughput and resulted in our staff having full confidence in the scanners.

“It’s also improved the passenger experience by making their journey through the airport as fast and efficient as possible, while the open nature of the new scanners compared to the previous enclosed version has been a welcome addition.”

The very short scan time means there is no time for the passenger to move and disrupt the scan. The QPS201 also has a much smaller width and a significant weight reduction, which is enough potentially for an extra scanner to be installed in each lane in the same space.

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Direct flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dubai

The Emirates airline is to begin direct flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dubai from October, in a move predicted to greatly increase easy access to Mid-East destinations.

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The new year-round service will launch at the same time as Etihad’s Abu Dhabi route is ditched – and is claimed set to “maintain and strengthen” access from Scotland to key Mid-East destinations and beyond.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “The route enhances our connectivity to the Middle East and further afield as we access that long-haul network, giving us greater access and choice than ever before. “The service caters for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound, and will help our growth and international standing as a world class hub”.

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, West, said: “We’re increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow. “Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our Dubai hub”.

Read more at: https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/edinburgh-airport-launches-direct-flights-to-dubai-1-4741847