Staff at Edinburgh Airport have been busy dealing with crowds of passengers arriving for the city’s famous Hogmanay celebrations. Projected figures for the week beginning Christmas Day and ending tomorrow indicate that more than 75,000 passengers will disembark at the gateway to the Scottish capital.
The airport’s CEO, Gordon Dewar, said the 70,966 arrivals last year had surpassed all previous records for airports in Scotland. He carried on by saying that to beat last year’s record was a testament to the ever-increasing popularity of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party and its diverse affiliated events.
The airport’s Hogmanay arrival figures have shot up year-by-year as they stood at 66,708 in 2013. Passenger manifests show that passengers this year will be coming from in excess of 70 different countries.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party begins this evening with a torchlight parade between George IV Bridge and Calton Hill. Concert in the Gardens 2015/2016 will see Biffy Clyro top the bill. Other acts scheduled to perform at the Princes Street Gardens musical extravaganza include Idlewild and Honeyblood.
The day after Hogmanay, New Year’s Day, thousands of brave souls will take part in the annual charity dip in the chilly waters of the River Forth. The Loony Dook takes place at South Queensferry against an imposing backdrop of the iconic Forth Bridges.
For the duration of the celebrations, the city’s landmark castle and other monuments such as the Royal Scottish Academy’s roof-level Queen Victoria statue will be illuminated with blue lighting. A percentage of the fees and ticket prices for Hogmanay events are being donated to children’s charity UNICEF.