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26 Nov 2014
Stagecoach East Scotland have been forced to increase bus fares to Edinburgh Airport due to a change in the payments made to Edinburgh Airport for using the bus stance outside the terminal.
Stagecoach JET747 service operates between Halbeath Park and Ride, Ferrytoll Park and Ride and Edinburgh Airport up to every 30 minutes, dropping passengers off right outside the terminal building at the Airport.
Bus companies serving the site already pay the airport set charges to depart from these stances and it is due to significant changes in how these payments are calculated, that Stagecoach have been forced to reconsider the fares to the airport.
From Sunday 7th December, an increase will be put on single and return fares on JET747 between Fife and Edinburgh Airport only.
The new fares between Halbeath/Ferrytoll Park and Ride/Inverkeithing Rail station and the airport will be £5.40 for a single ticket and £9.70 for an open return, with day return tickets to be priced at £7.50.
The change will only affect single and return fares and no adjustments will be made to the money saving megarider tickets which are used by most regular passengers on the route.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "It is regrettable that we need to revise our fares outside of our normal annual fare revision, however we have been left with no choice faced with steeply rising departure charges at Edinburgh Airport and need to be able to cover the costs of our frequent service. We are also reviewing the peak hour extensions of the route to RBS, South Gyle and the Riccarton Campus of Heriot-Watt as these are very expensive to operate and regrettably have low overall use by customers."
Stagecoach have also announced a planned discount for workers at Edinburgh Airport to continue to provide great value commuting options.
In partnership with the Airport, Stagecoach plan to introduce 50% off single and return fares for staff on production of their applicable ID card.
Mr Jarvis continued: "From the same date we'll be introducing discount for Edinburgh Airport staff so that they are not hit by the fare change. Also, for regular travellers, our megarider tickets will remain unchanged and will continue to offer the best value travel."
The fare change will take place on Sunday 7th December, for more information see www.stagecoachbus.com.