Scotland’s tourism and business sectors have received a welcome boost this week in the form of six new flight routes planned by Easyjet for Edinburgh Airport.
The budget airline consulted the business community, as well as sources from Marketing Edinburgh and VisitScotland, in devising the new routes. Flights will now depart to Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik and Reykjavic, greatly extending the reach of both leisure and business travellers from the capital.
As well as improving passenger satisfaction, the expansion will be beneficial to the local economy, bringing 140,000 extra passengers and creating 160 new jobs, and the plans are set to inject £90m into Edinburgh.
Hugh Aitken, Easyjet's head of Scotland, said: "I'm confident our new 2013 schedule will really appeal to people travelling to and from Scotland both on business and for leisure and will further bolster Edinburgh's world-famous appeal for tourists.”
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented on the opportunities the expansion would provide for new inward investment in the area, and said: "This is a major endorsement and vote of confidence in Edinburgh and Scotland, and we are working behind the scenes to deliver even more direct routes."