£60m loss looms

Flat fee for airport pick-up and drop-off

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There is a new taxi rank

Edinburgh Airport will bring in a new charging regime for dropping off and picking up passengers as it faces a loss of £60 million.

It will introduce a £4 flat-fee for its drop-off £2 more) and pick-up (£1 less) areas and double drop-off time to 10 minutes.

There will be a discount of £2 for people with electric cars and a discount scheme for households in neighbouring areas. The free drop-off zone, temporarily moves to Mid-Stay.

A new £7 million East Terminus facility provides a dedicated area for taxis and private-hire cars.

The changes will come into effect from 9 November and will be supported by new signage in the area and social media activity.

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Feedback has been an important driver of these changes, but the “difficult decision” to make the changes has also been influenced by the severe impact of Covid-19 on the airport and the extremely challenging business conditions it finds itself in.

The airport says that with passenger numbers down 91% on last year and not expected to recover until 2022 at the earliest, a crucial part of the recovery will be remaining competitive to attract airlines and routes – and save as many jobs as possible.

The changes being introduced will increase revenue and assist the airport in finding a balance to remain competitive to deliver and preserve connectivity to and from Scotland.

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