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Edinburgh Airport becomes first Scottish pet passport hub

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Image caption A new border inspection post for pets has been set up at Edinburgh Airport

Scots who take their pets abroad can now fly them directly back into the country rather than shipping them via England.

It follows the launch of the new border inspection post at Edinburgh Airport.

Freight forwarding company Extrordinair has started operating Scotland's first approved "PETS" Animal Reception Centre at Edinburgh Airport.

Owners with dogs, cats or ferrets under the EU Pet Travel Scheme can now touch down in Edinburgh.

The move allows owners and breeders to fly their pets directly to and from Scotland, previously they had to arrive at the UK's only approved animal centres in London or Manchester.

'Cause stress'

Sylvia Fleming, managing director of Extrordinair, said: "Our new facility at Edinburgh Airport means that animals flying into Scotland can be reunited with their owners within hours of touchdown, provided that they have a valid Pet Passport or EU third country Health Certificate and comply with DEFRA regulations.

"The service makes things much easier for owners and for pets, as a prolonged period of travel/separation in a strange environment can cause them stress."

Edinburgh Airport chief executive, Gordon Dewar said: "More than nine million passengers travel through Edinburgh Airport every year, and we're constantly looking at how we can offer them more choice.

"We know it's been an inconvenience for passengers to have to travel to England first when they're bringing their pets back to the country so we've worked with Extrordinair to set up Scotland's first small animal border inspection post to give them the option of transporting small animals directly to the capital."

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