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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

Has anyone flown from here? What is it like as Im flying Monarch A320 to Las Palmas next year, is the viewing area still there. I havent been for ages and I have heard that there has been some new developments.
Thanks for any help.


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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

I flew into EDI on the BA Super Shuttle from LHR in January 1998 on a Boeing 757 in the old colors. The
airport is nice, pretty small and compact, but very
clean and user friendly. The area surrounding it is
just beautiful and a very nice introduction to what
lies ahead as you drive into Edinburgh. The descent
was a little bumpy due to high winds and rain, but
we touched down smoothly. On the return, we flew
on a BA 737-400 shuttle flight back to LHR. The
departure gate was a little crowded and small, as
there was a BA 737-200 boarding for BHX-CDG. I
was impressed though with the airport overall and
the city was lovely, despite the January chill.

I wonder if there is any seasonal demand for US
flights out of EDI. Continental could operate a
757 to EWR, AA to JFK, and so forth....Hmmmm.

ContinentalEWR


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1087 times:

Thanks, I wouldnt be too surprised to see CO start a EWR service as Edinburgh is becoming bigger and bigger and may soon overtake GLA in terms of pax handled, that is if BAA ever sells it!


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User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

A lot has happened since January 1998.The terminal is now more than double its size and the viewing area has gone. However, its a great airport with lots of space in the terminal now. Needs a couple of transatlantic flights though. PAX figures are soaring as well.

Good viewing area at the runway end - need a car to get there


User currently offlineJonnyboy From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

There is only room for one airport in Scotland it looks like, and it is turning out to be Edinburgh. Despite the smaller population, I guess it is closer to everyone on the West Coast, and has the festival every year.

Is it big enough to handle EWR 757's, I guess so. That would be great. You could even get a good codeshare going to give you nice connections to BRU, AMS, CPH and other Northern European destinations. Geographically it would make sense US - N. EU. Quick connections at a small uncrowded airport.

Plus, Scots get to NYC and America much quicker than LHR, MAN or GLA.


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

I loved EDI when I was there in Aug 1999. It's everything and more as ContinentalEWR explained it. I also flew on the BA shuttle from LHR (coïncidentally on an old colours jet), the approach was from the south, and all around was rolling green hills, and beautiful scenery. After landing, the small domestic terminal, about 7 gates I believe, including a commuter stand, is brand new. It is relatively spacious, and brings you right out to the meeter/greeter/baggage claim.

However, outbound, I found the check-in to be a bit cramped, and BA, depsite an overwhelming per centage of the check-in counters, had relatively long queues. After being one of the first to check in at my flight, I proceeded through the security and to the departure lounge. I was surprised to see how busy the airport really was, especially how many Air France flights. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side, so our north-east take-off had me looking away from the city centre, but nevertheless got excellent views of the Firth of Forth, and surrounding Edinburgh.

Cheers to Edinburgh, EDI, and the most hospitable people...the Scottish!

LH423



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User currently onlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 1077 times:

Its been a while since I last flew in there, but I do remember it being a small, easy-to-get-around airport, but the gate areas were very crowded, as mentioned above.


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User currently offlineG-BEAK From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 1071 times:

Jonnyboy - Have I misunderstood your post or are you really saying that Edinburgh Airport is closer to people on the west coast? Glasgow (Airport) is on the west coast so you can't get closer to the west coast than that for west coast people. Edinburgh is on the east coast.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

My parents booked it because if you believe this, its cheaper than flying from GLA,PIK,NCL and even MAN.
Unbelieveable, anyway it doesnt bother me, just adds to the list of places Ive flown from



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User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

Glasgow Airport is on the wrong side of Glasgow! Most folk from the East side of the city area & Lanarkshire go to Edinburgh because its about the same distance away as GLA and you dont have to worry about getting stuck in the city traffic getting to Glasgow Airport. Also, there is no direct rail link to Glasgow Airport form the north so most folk from Dundee, Fife etc will go to Edinburgh Airport rather than struggle to get to Glasgow.Its much easier to drive to by car

User currently offlineBY738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Edinburgh will never overtake Glasgow. It will be a long time before you can fly scheduled flights from Edinburgh to - Toronto, Newark, Chicago, Rekjavik, Malta, Tenerife, Paphos ( Air 2000 scheduled), soon Isalmabad with Pakistan.
You don't get charters from EDI to Carribean, Mexico, Las Vegas, Vancouver....keep them coming...Glasgow Rules.


User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

To be very accurate here, Glasgow doesn't have airport. GLA is situated in Paisley area and even the rail link is from Paisley Gilmour Street station.

But the truth hurts: EDI has got some long way to be serving as many flights as GLA does. Edinburgh is about 3 or 4 times smaller than Glasgow by population.



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User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1036 times:

OK SashA GLA has most of the charter flights but in terms of business traffic and services to european cities, Edinburgh does just as well. And its growth rate in passenger traffic is far ahead of Glasgow's at the moment

User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1036 times:

... alright, and I actually read that past year GLA faced some decline in pax growth rate.

BTW, speaking of Scottish airport, how do you rate Prestwick's potential? I heard it has some big aircraft from USA, mostly freighters. How's spotting in there? Well... quite far away from Edinburgh  .



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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

PIK is by far and away the best airport for the whole of Scotland (and much of Northern England as well). EDI has no intercontinental services; and GLA is limited by height restrictions on the aircraft that can operate from there. As well as rarely being affected by wx, PIK has a runway long enough for the heaviest 747 to go out at MTOW.

If you're travelling by rail or coach to/from PIK and anywhere else in Scotland, you'll get a 50% discount if the flight you're going on is an established service; and if it's in its first year of operations, you'll get a FREE ticket! (Now there's a word to warm the cockles of a Scotsman's heart)!

It's easier - and faster - to get from EDI to PIK than it is to get from EDI to GLA.

So forget Abbotsinch and Turnhouse - and try PIK!


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

Prestwick is good if you want to see freighters, apart from that its very quiet apart from the Ryanair flights and hopefully the soon to be Caledonian Wings flights. I would disagree with it being the best airport in Scotland and much of northen England though. I would rather visit MAN,NCL or GLA anyday of the week.


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User currently offlineSashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 861 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

Ok, ok we're now getting South of the UK so why don't we just speak about LHR here  


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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24964 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

  That was quite funny but we werent talking about BA were we?


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User currently offlineYHU From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (14 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1012 times:

The great thing about Prestwick is that you never know what is going to show up. It's always getting crew training aircraft, one off visits, fuel stops and so on. You could be there the whole day and see nothing or you could be there for 2 hours and see a NW A319 getting delivered. Some rusian cargo aircraft. 2 C5's. A weather diversion. Frankly, at PIK anything could happen.

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