Edinburgh Airport has reconnected with Barcelona with a new five weekly service commencing from May 21st.
Barcelona was one of the destinations lost with the demise of Flyglobespan in late 2009 and Spanair's new service will not only replace the service, but offer far more frequency.
Services between Edinburgh and Barcelona will fly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Summer season, providing a convenient option for sun-seeking Scottish holidaymakers, as well as Barcelona residents looking to discover the rich history and culture of Scotland’s capital city.
Spanair will also be launching a service to Barcelona from Birmingham.
Gordon Dewar, Managing Director of Edinburgh Airport, said: “It is only right that Edinburgh and Barcelona - both major European cities - have a direct link between them.
"I'm delighted that Spanair has identified the real business and tourism demand for such a service and I know that Edinburgh and Scotland will welcome this move.
"Edinburgh Airport is now sixth largest in the UK and the only top ten airport to register growth in 2009. We're aiming to be Scotland's airport of choice and destinations such as Barcelona will assist us greatly in achieving that."
Spanair CEO Mike Szucs commented: “With the introduction of these new routes, Spanair is delighted to create a year-round gateway to Spain from Scotland and the Heart of England. Via our new hub in Barcelona, passengers will enjoy connections to a range of Spanish peninsula cities and Islands, which they could otherwise only reach during the peak season with Low Cost and Charter Carriers.
"With competitive fares, an inclusive baggage allowance and allocated seating, Spanair offers tremendous value to leisure travellers, while allowing business travellers to fly direct to Spain’s leading business centres without enduring the hassle of London’s airports or connecting flights. We are very much looking forward to filling the gap left by other airlines on these important routes.”