Norwegian says it expects to announce new transatlantic routes from Edinburgh airport “in the coming weeks”.

In a press release the low-cost carrier said that it is creating over 130 crew and pilot jobs at the airport, “as it prepares for continued growth at Edinburgh Airport in 2017”.

This includes plans for as yet-unconfirmed routes to the US East Coast, with the carrier set to take delivery of its first B737 Max aircraft later this year.

Norwegian is the launch customer for the next-generation Boeing aircraft, with over 100 of the B737 Max 8 variant on order.

Commenting on the plans Norwegian’s chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl said:

“Edinburgh is a central part of our UK growth plans and together with new aircraft and new flights, we are also creating new jobs in Scotland.

“We are looking for talented crew and pilots to join us in delivering our ambitious growth plans at Edinburgh Airport. As an award-winning airline, with new aircraft and global expansion plans, this is a great opportunity for people to join us as we head into our busiest ever year.

“More jobs in the air will help also create more jobs on the ground and Norwegian’s plans for new flights into Edinburgh will help support tourism, business and hospitality opportunities in the UK’s second most visited city. We look forward to unveiling more about our Edinburgh expansion plans in the coming weeks.”

Norwegian flew over a quarter of a million passengers from Edinburgh in the twelve months to December 2016, with current routes including Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Barcelona, Tenerife, Malaga.

The carrier recently announced plans to launch transatlantic routes from Ireland, and says it will increase its US services from Gatwick by over 50 per cent this summer.