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Holidaymakers ditch the Euro to 'gobble up' cheap package deals - Thousands head to Turkey and Egypt from Capital

30 April 2009

Cash strapped Scots are travelling further than ever to enjoy a summer break that doesn't break the bank.

The start of May traditionally marks the start of the summer season for holiday airlines. With the Euro out-stripping the value of the pound, holidaymakers from the capital are being encouraged to stretch their budget further with a trip to fast growing destinations such as Croatia, Turkey and Egypt.

In the past year, the number of holidaymakers jetting off to the three countries has grown by 57%, and with new flights due to take off this summer, numbers are expected to soar.

Edinburgh based flyglobespan is one of several airlines responding to the growing demand for holidays in Turkey. This summer, the airline will operate twice a week to the resort of Dalaman, from 2 May. Turkey specialist Scottravel is also increasing capacity from the capital, with a further two flights a week to the Mediterranean resort.

The Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh is also growing in popularity, with weekly flights set to take off from 6 May, again operated by flyglobespan.

Meanwhile, links to Croatia are also increasing, with new twice weekly Ryanair flights to Zadar complementing existing weekly flights to Dubrovnik, operated by flyglobespan.

Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, said: "With more flights than ever to the fast growing resorts of Croatia, Turkey and Egypt, holidaymakers in search of a summer bargain have more choice than ever when they fly from Edinburgh. These resorts offer exceptional value, and we're confident that holidaymakers will be tempted by the low cost fares now on sale."

This summer the capital will offer 19 new services, including flights to Dusseldorf, Rome, Bologna, Malta, Venice and Copenhagen.

* Around 94,000 (two-way) passengers are expected through Edinburgh Airport this Bank Holiday weekend, with Friday set to be the busiest day of the weekend.