Edinburgh Airport is expecting over 75,000 visitors to fly in to Edinburgh this week for the world famous Princes Street party and Hogmanay celebrations.
The airport said it was expecting its busiest ever new year as revellers flock to the city from around 70 countries. Gordon Dewar from Edinburgh Airport said: “Last year’s arriving passenger figures in the run-up to New Year smashed all records of Scottish Airports, so to go one better this year is a great achievement.
“People want to visit us – and at this time of year they want to party with us.”
The celebrations start with the torchlight procession on December 30, when 10,000 torchbearers will travel from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill for the fireworks finale.
Biffy Clyro will headline this year’s Concert in the Gardens on Hogmanay, with performances planned by Maximo Park, Slaves and Idlewild among others.
Edinburgh Airport taxis offer a professional airport transfer service to all the major cities of Scotland.
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Airport Taxis will be operating on a 24 hour basis throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Customers are advised to book in advance as this is the busiest time of the year. Bookings can be made for Christmas on freephone 0800-0029165. Bookings for Christmas Airport Transfers can be taken up to 4 weeks in advance . Airport Taxis offers free quotes and savings of up to 25% on the local tariff .
Planning for Edinburgh New Year celebrations is well advanced with the traditional street party and concert in the gardens.
The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens; the music and fireworks spectacular, presents headliners Primal Scream performing their seminal 1991 album Screamadelica and greatest hits set at the last gig of 2011 and the first of 2012. This spectacular event is set beneath the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, welcoming the New Year with special guests Bombay Bicycle Club and the famous Midnight Fireworks. The bands include Jade Richards from the X-Factor , Mark Ronson , Friendly Fires , The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club and Capercaillie.