Edinburgh Airport has today (10th February) announced a brand new route for Scotland as Ryanair has confirmed it will be significantly increasing its presence in the Capital.
The new route to Marrakech is a first for Scotland and the stand out in a move that sees a sixth Ryanair aircraft based in Edinburgh, the opening of 3 new routes and an increase of frequency on 9 further routes.
The changes will go live in May of this year. The announcement comes a day after the airline announced a new route between Edinburgh and Kaunus in Lithuania.
Ryanair's traffic at Edinburgh Airport is expected to grow to approximately 2.5m passengers per annum as a result of the expansion by the low-cost carrier.
The move comes the week after Ryanair's Michael O'Leary praised Edinburgh Airport as "very forward looking". The airline's decision to strengthen its presence in Edinburgh has meant that the airport's exposure to the recent demise of Flyglobespan has been greatly reduced.
Gordon Dewar, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, said: "We're delighted that Ryanair has chosen Edinburgh for this expansion. The addition of new routes and the increase in frequency of flights makes Edinburgh better connected than ever before.
"It is also pleasing that this approach has meant that we have managed to replace the seats lost by the collapse of Flyglobespan late last year.
"The Marrakech route is particularly exciting as it’s the first link from Scotland to this burgeoning tourist destination, and a great addition to our portfolio of destinations.
"As the UK's fastest growing airport, we're committed to offering the widest possible choice of routes for travellers with the lowest fares. By working closely with airlines we can deliver this.
"It is clear that among airlines and passengers alike we are quickly becoming Scotland's airport of choice."
Michael O'Leary, Ryanair, said: “Ryanair is delighted to announce 3 new routes from Edinburgh to Faro, Marrakech and Paris and increased frequencies on 9 existing routes to provide Scottish consumers/visitors with even more low fares to 38 exciting destinations from Edinburgh this summer. Ryanair’s 2.5m Edinburgh passengers will sustain 2,500 local jobs.
“To celebrate these new aircraft and routes, Ryanair is extending its 1m £5 seat sale, for travel across Europe in March, until midnight Thursday. Since seats at these crazy low prices will be snapped up quickly, we urge passengers to book them immediately on www.ryanair.com”