Edinburgh Airport sale set to land city more international flights: Scotsman.com

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Edinburgh Airport
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[Scotsman.com] DIRECT flights to long-haul destinations such as the Middle East may be on the cards for passengers using Edinburgh Airport under its new owners.

Flights to long-haul destinations such as the Middle East may be on the cards:  Picture Ian Georgeson

Flights to long-haul destinations such as the Middle East may be on the cards: Picture Ian Georgeson

The city airport is to be bought by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), an independent infrastructure fund manager which runs Gatwick and London City airports.

GIP will pay £807.2 million to take over Edinburgh from current operator BAA, which was forced to sell off the airport by the Competition Commission. GIP said it hoped to complete the deal by the end of May.

It is understood that GIP will aim to offer a greater range of international flights from and to Edinburgh in the long term.

Among the improvements made at Gatwick Airport since GIP took it took over in 2009 is an average security queue waiting time of less than two minutes and a reduction in complaints by 15 per cent.

Laurie Price, director of aviation strategy at consultancy Mott MacDonald, said: “In the longer term, if you look at what has happened where GIP have taken over two other airports in the UK there has been quite a change and a significant level of investment and some significant improvement in the facilities offered. From that point of view, then people might notice some changes.”….

Read the full story at The Scotsman….

 


Published on Tuesday 24 April 2012
The Scotsman


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