Comment: ‘Not all air passengers are executives’

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Under the careful stewardship of Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport has become one of the city’s great strengths. Dozens of new routes have opened up over the last decade offering greater passenger choice. The new security area offers a speedy and welcoming service and the shopping and retail offer has been greatly enhanced.

The airport, now owned by Global Infrastructure Partners, is also pushing ahead with a £25 million terminal expansion.

Today, however, we report on another increase in short stay car parking charges, with 15-30 minutes now costing a whopping £4.70.

While the airport has limited parking, and must be mindful of encouraging public transport, it should also abide by the principal of fairness. Is £4.70 fair? We say no.

For many people on lower and fixed incomes this is a significant amount just to park, walk to the terminal, greet a friend of relative and walk back. For most, this will take 15-30 minutes.

Our airport is a success, but it must constantly remember that not all its passengers are business executives.

Cementing fan links

A football club is nothing without its fans. Hibs know this, which is why their “team talk” tunnel initiative is a clever idea.

Every player who pulls on the green jersey will soon walk out onto the Easter Road turf surrounded by inspirational messages from fans as well as reminders of the club’s proud past with the Famous Five steps and marble from the original St Patrick’s altar.

As the club looks to the future with Terry Butcher in charge, and a new wave of optimism descends on Leith, it is great to see it cementing its links with the fans and celebrating its history. Full marks for the Hibs’ tunnel vision.