Edinburgh Airport has welcomed today’s announcement by Ryanair of a major expansion from the capital by the low cost airline.
The airline is to add two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft and open seven new routes – to Carcassonne, Leipzig (Altenburg), Limoges, Malta, Poitiers, Rome and Zadar (Croatia) - from the end of March. The announcement takes to 30 the number of routes served by Ryanair from the capital and is expected to increase Ryanair's traffic at Edinburgh to almost 2 million a year.
Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport said: “Ryanair’s continued growth from Edinburgh Airport is great news for Scottish passengers. Despite the credit crunch, Edinburgh’s international route network continues to expand, providing more choice and lower fares for air travellers, and making Edinburgh better connected than ever before.
“This announcement is also good news for the capital’s billion pound tourist industry, providing a welcome boost for our local hotel and tourism sector, and supporting thousands of new and existing jobs in the region.
“This latest expansion is a fantastic vote of confidence in the city and its airport from one of Scotland’s fastest growing airlines.”