easyJet (UK) (London-Luton) has announced six new routes from Edinburgh which will result in the creation of around 160 new jobs along with an estimated 500 indirect jobs in Scotland. The low-fare airline is also Increasing the number of based aircraft from five to seven.
The six new routes, which take the total number easyJet serves to 30, have been decided following a thorough consultation with VisitScotland, Marketing Edinburgh and the Scottish business community. Key German destinations Berlin and Hamburg will be served alongside popular city breaks such as Prague, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Dubrovnik which will be available on the new schedule.
easyJet will be the only airline to operate flights between Edinburgh and Berlin and will add competition on the Prague route. This will be the first time Iceland will be served all year around from Edinburgh.
The first Airbus A319 is scheduled to arrive on December 2, 2012 with the second plane commencing operations in March 2013.
In the 12 months to end June 2012, easyJet carried over 4.5 million passengers across its four Scottish airports – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. easyJet will now serve 30 destinations in and out of Edinburgh and offers up to 68 flights a day between Scotland and London.
Current destinations from Edinburgh include key business routes to London, where easyJet flies to London Gatwick, London Stansted and London Luton as part of its commitment to keep the Scottish business community connected to London. Popular leisure routes to Dalaman, Naples, Athens, Tenerife and Grenoble have also been introduced in the past 12 months.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A319-111 G-EZDP (msn 3675) taxies past the camera at Geneva.