Letters: Give customers value or they will fly elsewhere

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IT was very disappointing to read that Edinburgh Airport is now the most expensive place to park outside of London (News, November 14). Having to pay as much as £2.90 to park for 15 minutes is surely impossible to defend.

And yet an airport spokesman said they “only have a finite amount of car parking spaces available”.

That’s pathetic.

In an era of competition for tourist and business pounds which are being more closely guarded than ever as costs go up, the airport sounds like it is making feeble excuses to increase profits.

Such complacency will give passengers plenty of reasons to take their business elsewhere.

Rather than put them off with rising costs, would it not be better to attract them with improved and extended facilities instead of more of the same for a bit extra cash?

It has just been announced that there has been an increase in passengers and freight at Prestwick Airport, which is being bought by the Scottish Government.

Those of us in the east have limited choice if we want to use a convenient airport for our journeys. But visitors and business users from overseas or elsewhere in the UK can go somewhere else if it’s cheaper.

And if they like what they see, they will return there, at Edinburgh’s loss.

Wake up Edinburgh Airport and stop taking advantage of your customers. They might just fly off somewhere else.

Ken Welsh, Easter Road, Edinburgh

Illness doesn’t have regular hours

I READ that trials are taking place to give St John’s Hospital in Livingston more medical staff at weekends (News, November 14).

That’s not before time, as illness happens when it happens, not on a Monday to Friday nine-to-five basis.

I wonder how many people lose their lives or see their health deteriorate at a higher late than necessary because they have had the bad luck to take ill at the weekend or “out of hours”.

It’s time that the National Health Service put the emphasis in hospitals on care rather than satisfying budget demands.

Illness keeps no regular hours, and neither should healthcare staff if they are to give the best chance to patients.

Kate Colquhoun, Northfield, Edinburgh

Different rule for the posh-boy cabinet

DAVID Cameron says if he gets his way, spending cuts will be here to stay. Perhaps he should tell that to his millionaire coalition pals, who are paying their energy bills through taxpayer-funded expenses, when they can afford to pay for themselves.

Or is it one rule for David Cameron and his posh-boy pals and another rule for the rest of us?

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian

Monument to Elsie for her Serb service

Your report (November 8) mentioned there is a monument to Elsie Inglis in Serbia, where she worked during the First World War.

Pictured is a copy of the inscription to her on a memorial which is in the form of a drinking fountain constructed in 1915 in the town of Mladenovac.

Steuart Campbell, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh

Shipping scare stories are a bunch of lies

LABOUR, the Tories and the Lib Dems are political point-scoring. They say that if Scotland votes for independence, the Royal Navy will not give Scottish shipyards any orders.

Well, the Ministry of Defence has chosen South Korean firm Daewoo to build new tankers worth £450 million. This is more bad news for Scottish shipbuilding.

Once again UK taxpayers’ money is being spent abroad on ships. The UK Government could have put together a consortium to build these tankers on the Clyde. What happens after the current frigates are built?

Why can Scotland not go on the open market like Norway? It has more than 40 yards and built 100 ships last year, and the yards’ order books look good.

What about passenger liners? The Clyde has all the skills and capacity to build ships.

The Scottish Government could make the Clyde great again, all the scare stories are a bunch of lies.

Alistair Carmichael said if Scotland votes for independence, there will be no more ship orders from the Royal Navy.

Well Mr Carmichael, ask anyone who worked in Singers in Clydebank, Ravenscraig or any of the coal mines closed by the Tories.

They have just knifed the Portsmouth workers in the back in a blatant political attempt to scupper Scottish independence.

J Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh

Scaling new heights for a very good cause

WELL done to Lynne McNicoll, the grandmother of two who helped raise more than £120,000 for children with cancer by trekking up Kilimanjaro (News, November 14).

This took her charity total up to £500,000 this year that Lynne, 56, and her team of volunteers raised for charity.

No doubt the climb up Kilimanjaro was a daunting challenge for Lynne and her team. They all have lovely, big, kind hearts. Best wishes to them all.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh, East Lothian