The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has today introduced a brand new advancement in Fringe ticket collection. For the first time ever there will be a ticket collection point at Edinburgh Airport allowing passengers arriving for the Fringe from around the world to pick up their tickets to Fringe shows as soon as they arrive in Edinburgh. This service will be available to audience members who have already booked Fringe show tickets via www.edfringe.com or the official Fringe 2014 app for iPhone and android. The collection terminal will be based at the Arrivals Hall in Edinburgh Airport and will be up and running from 28 July 2014.

This exciting development comes as The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society announces the biggest ever early on sale of Fringe shows in the festival’s history. Tickets for over 2,400 shows at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe are available right now, ahead of the full programme launch on Thursday 5 June, when tickets for all the shows will go onsale.

This is the third year that Edinburgh Festival Fringe acts have been able to put their shows on sale ahead of the official programme launch when the full list of shows is made public.

Early sales of tickets was first introduced in 2012 by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to give audiences the opportunity to plan their visit earlier and giving participants more time to sell their tickets.

In May 2012 tickets for 1,216 shows were available on early on sale compared with 1,843 shows in May 2013.

This year, tickets for Fringe shows first became available online at the beginning of the year. This week a further 1,874 shows have been added to the Fringe website, joining over 550 shows already on advance sale.

While visiting Edinburgh Airport, Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:

“We have wanted to introduce a ticket collection point at Edinburgh Airport for some time now and I’m delighted to be working with the airport to bring these plans to fruition for the 2014 Fringe.

“It means that people who have already booked their tickets for August can pick up their tickets immediately after stepping off the plane at Edinburgh Airport.

“Thousands of people travel to Edinburgh from all over the world in August and we want to ensure their festival experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The introduction of this new collection point will do just that giving passengers the maximum amount of time possible to enjoy their trip to the world’s largest arts festival.”

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said:

"We're delighted to be a main partner for this year's Fringe and look forward to the wave of colour and vibrancy that hits our city every August.

"Having a dedicated ticket collection point available at the airport means that passengers arriving into Edinburgh from all over the world will have easy access to their tickets from the moment they touch down.

"It's another step to make sure our passengers have the best experience possible when Edinburgh itself is at its very best."


Notes to editors:
  • The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 1 – 25 August. For more information or to book tickets visit www.edfringe.com.
  • The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Programme will be launched on 05 June 2014.
  • The ticket collection point will be at Edinburgh Airport, Domestic Arrivals, EH12 9DN from 28 July to 25 August (daily), 24hrs.
  • For further information contact the Fringe Media Office on 0131 240 1919 or at media@edfringe.com.