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Edinburgh Airport plays host to Pope

Mon, 20 Sep, 2010

Edinburgh Airport hosted the arrival of the head of the Catholic Church last week, as he flew in for the first papal visit to the UK since 1982.

Flying on an Alitalia Airbus 320, the Pope was greeted by several prominent figures including the Duke of Edinburgh, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond.

The Telegraph reports that, unlike Air Force One, the Vatican does not have a jet used exclusively for Papal travel and his Alitalia airbus is not fitted out with special facilities.

In a break from the usual travel etiquette of the Pope's foreign visits, the leader of the Catholic Church has not returned to Rome with British Airways, instead retaining the Alitalia aircraft.

During his visit the pope met with several prominent figures including the Queen, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the prime minister. Sunday saw the Pontiff depart from Birmingham Airport.
 

Joe Evans

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