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New Helsinki service with Blue1

Edinburgh Airport today (Thursday) announced a new route to Finnish Capital Helsinki. This link is a first for Scotland and means that Edinburgh Airport is number one in the UK (outside London) in terms of links to Scandinavia.

It is the 25th destination to be added to Edinburgh Airport in 2010 and brings the number of routes from Scotland’s Capital to 125.

The route is being operated by Finnish airline Blue 1 and will see a twice weekly service starting in April 2011.

Helsinki is one of Europe’s leading capitals and a destination that the Route Development Team at Edinburgh Airport has worked long and hard to add to Edinburgh’s list.

Kevin Brown, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, said: “This is a significant development for Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh itself as it is a predominantly inbound route and shows the continuing strength of Edinburgh as a destination.

“We’re committed to continuing to play our role in Scottish tourism by making it as easy a possible for tourists to access Edinburgh and beyond. As we face increased taxation and continuing confidence issues in aviation it is crucial that we maintain a diverse choice of routes for passengers.”

Juha Järvinen Vice President of Commercial at Blue1, said: "Blue1 is looking forward to the new route opening between Helsinki and Edinburgh. Scotland is exciting destination for Finnish travelers, with excellent possibility to combine countryside excursions with Edinburgh city break. Helsinki on the other hand is the beauty of the Baltic Sea region, with unique mix of East and West. Helsinki will be the world design capital in 2012, so the new route gives the Scots chance to check out the Finnish capital city and its secrets".