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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.”

Edinburgh Airport’s £75 million terminal opens

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially opened Edinburgh Airport’s £75 million terminal expansion, the biggest project in a generation at the airport.

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Part of a wider £200 million investment programme at Scotland’s busiest airport, the expansion enhances the airport’s connectivity options and will support passenger growth to twenty million passengers.

The expansion delivers new gates, new aircraft stands and new international and domestic passenger arrivals halls, as well as new baggage reclaim areas and an extended immigration hall. It also has new retail and food and beverage outlets, including the world’s first BrewDog airport bar.

It’s the start of a larger programme of investment in key terminal and airfield facilities over the next 5 years, with almost £300 million being spent on a new baggage system, more new stands, improved check-in facilities and a new access road.

The First Minister received a tour of the terminal expansion from Gordon Dewar, the airport’s Chief Executive. She also spoke to staff and passengers in the Special Assistance seating area which was designed with the help of users.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am delighted to open this terminal expansion, further establishing Edinburgh Airport as a gateway to Scotland from the rest of the UK and internationally. 

“Edinburgh Airport not only supports our business and tourism sectors but employs 700 people directly and 7,000 through partner businesses – I was particularly pleased to meet engineering apprentices who are learning their trade in a fast-paced environment such as aviation.

“This £75 million investment will future-proof the airport for continued growth. As an outward looking nation, it is now more important than ever that we enhance connectivity with our European partners and with the rest of the world.”

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This is of course an investment in Edinburgh Airport but it’s also an investment in Scotland’s economy and future as we are a facilitator of many things, from business and tourism to culture and education.

“More than 14 million people come through our doors every year and we have invested to accommodate even more as more and more people choose air travel to come to Scotland or to visit the world around us. We want that experience to be as positive as possible and this expansion provides greater options, including the ability to achieve greater connectivity.

“I’m delighted to be able to show the First Minister what we have delivered and to demonstrate the commitment and dedication that our staff and everyone involved in the construction of this expansion. I can think of no better reward than having the First Minister here to celebrate their work.”

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, handling more than 14.3 million passengers in 2018 – a record for any Scottish airport. The busiest ever month in Scottish aviation history was recorded at Edinburgh in July 2018 with 1,501,988 people passed through.

The airport flies to more than 150 destinations with more than 30 airlines.

A 2016 independent economic impact study showed we contributed over £1 billion per year to the Scottish economy, supporting 23,000 jobs across Scotland – that’s 2,000 jobs and £90m GVA for every million passengers.

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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.

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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