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Jet2 announces an expansion at Edinburgh Airport

Jet2 logo-1

Jet2 (Jet2.com) (Leeds/Bradford) has announced a major expansion at Edinburgh Airport with 12 new destinations for the summer season of 2016.

The 12 new destinations include Antalya, Crete, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Paphos, Rhodes and Tenerife plus exclusive routes to Kefalonia, Larnaca, Vienna and Zante.

The carrier will start flying to the three new Canary Island destinations in February 2016. The airline will add a fifth based aircraft at EDI, a Boeing 737-800.

Jet2 expansion at EDI

Photo above: Jet2.

New route information:


Vienna – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on April 29, 2016.

Canary Islands:

Gran Canaria – weekly (Monday) starting on February 15, 2016.
Lanzarote – twice weekly (Thursday & Sunday) starting on February 14, 2016.
Tenerife – twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on February 12, 2016.


Crete (Heraklion) – twice weekly (Monday & Friday) starting on May 27, 2016.
Kefalonia – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Rhodes – weekly (Saturday) starting on June 25, 2016.
Zante –twice weekly (Tuesday & Saturday) starting on May 31, 2016.


Larnaca – weekly (Wednesday) starting on May 25, 2016.
Paphos – weekly (Wednesday) starting on June 22, 2016.


Antalya – weekly (Thursday) starting on June 23, 2016.
Dalaman – weekly (Friday) starting on June 24, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86Q G-GDFZ (msn 30276) in Jet2holidays colors departs from Tenerife Sur.

Jet2 aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Varsity Express lasted one week!

G-JIBO Varsity Express, originally uploaded by Speed-pics.

Varsity Express (Oxford) after much fanfare finally started the Oxford–Edinburgh route on March 1 with a BAe Jetstream 31 (G-JIBO, msn 711) operated by LinkAir (Humberside). However the scheduled service ended one week later on March 8 after the two companies could not agree on funding.

Varsity Express stated on its website that the reason for the suspension was due to the “operational issues between Varsity Air Services Ltd and the airline and AOC holder [LinksAir] who have been contracted to operate the Jetstream 31 type on our behalf and that was being used on the route. All further ticket sales have been suspended until further notice. All passengers effected by the suspension of service either have been or are currently being informed of the situation”.

The company was set up and managed by Martin Halsted who gained some notority in 2005 when, at the age of 18, he announced that he would launch his own aviation business named AlphaOne Airways. It had a number of false starts. Halstead announced services from Oxford in March 2005 and later the same year from Southampton. AlphaOne Airways never flew a single flight from either airport. In December 2005 and January 2006, limited flight operations took place between the Isle of Man and Edinburgh. The company folded after having carried only 46 passengers.

Photos of this one-week operation are welcome.

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Copyright Photo: Speed-pics. Jetstream 3102 G-JIBO (msn 711) with Varsity Express titles and logo is pictured at Edinburgh on opening day (March 1).

An interesting hybrid from Flyglobespan.com


G-CEJP is pictured in action at Edinburgh in the rare hybrid.  Copyright Photo: Fred Seggie.

G-CEJP is pictured in action at Edinburgh in the rare hybrid. Copyright Photo: Fred Seggie.

Globespan Airways (flyglobespan.com) (Edinburgh) quickly put its Boeing 737-8BK G-CEJP (msn 29646) back into revenue service in May after the lease ended with Oman Air (Muscat). The result is this interesting hybrid livery.