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Festive flights saved as Vueling steps in to operate Barcelona services from Edinburgh

Spanish carrier Vueling has stepped in to save Scots passengers' Christmas holiday plans after it announced it will operate flights between Edinburgh and Barcelona.

The airline will offer five flights from Edinburgh Airport on 21, 28, 30 December and 02 and 05 January.

The decision comes after plans were announced to stop flights to the Spanish city this winter from Scotland's busiest airport. The Vueling services will allow planned holidays to go ahead but also provide an important Christmas lifeline link for those trying to get home to see family.

Welcoming the decision, Chief Commercial Officer, John Watson, said: "This announcement will no doubt come as a happy surprise to those passengers whose Christmas getaway plans were in doubt.

"We're delighted to be working with Vueling again this winter and look forward to offering passengers the chance to, not only visit Barcelona, but to experience all that Christmas in Edinburgh has to offer."

Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing at VisitScotland said: "Barcelona is the biggest market when it comes to outbound travel from Spain and is an important focus for our marketing.

"Spaniards are fun-loving visitors and love to throw themselves into the events and the nightlife on offer at their holiday destination. Scotland's Winter Festival and Hogmanay events will be a big draw as we celebrate through into 2014 and our second Year of Homecoming".