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Airport marks City milestone as the trams officially take off

29 May 2014

Edinburgh Airport joined its City partners to officially launch the new Edinburgh tram system today (30 May) and mark what is a key milestone for the Edinburgh’s transport infrastructure.

The new system, which will start carrying passengers from tomorrow (Saturday), will offer customers even more choice of how they can travel to and from Scotland’s busiest airport. In as little as 25 minutes, passengers will be able to get to and from the airport’s terminal and the centre of Edinburgh with convenient stops at Haymarket, Murrayfield and Edinburgh Park train station along the route.

The first tram will arrive at Edinburgh Airport every morning at 06:15; meaning business travellers can take full advantage of fast and efficient journey times to ensure they can reach the airport and board their flight stress-free. The first departing tram will leave Edinburgh Airport at 06:18.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: "This weekend marks the culmination of a huge amount of hard work to get the tram project officially up and running and we’re delighted to be reaching this milestone together with our City partners.

"We’re committed to offering our passengers choice, not only of where they can fly to, but of how they can travel to and from our airport. The trams will offer customers yet another option and mean people from all over Scotland can travel to Edinburgh Airport faster and more efficiently than ever before.

"The introduction of the tram comes at a time of exceptional growth for Edinburgh Airport and follows the launch of three new major long-haul routes within the last week. Passengers from the US, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Asia and China will now be able to make full use of Edinburgh’s excellent transport infrastructure whether that’s travelling by bus, tram, train or taxi.

"We’re about to enjoy what will be a phenomenal summer for Scotland and it’s a pleasure to be welcome, and be working with, our new colleagues at Transport for Edinburgh who share our vision of ensuring that our vibrant and exciting capital city remains one of the top places on everyone’s list to visit."