Regional carrier Flybe is to add a fifth daily frequency to its route between London Heathrow and Edinburgh next year.

The extra frequency will launch on March 31, 2019, and will depart Edinburgh at 1200, arriving into Heathrow at 1345, with the return leg leaving London at 1430, and arriving back into the Scottish capital at 1605.

The move will add 56,000 seats a year to the route, and will see Flybe offer up to five flights per day between the two cities, with daily departures from Edinburgh at 0615, 0850, 1200, 1545 and 1815 (daily except Saturdays), and from Heathrow at 0845, 1120, 1430, 1820 and 2045 (daily except Saturdays).

Commenting on the news Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer said:

“Scotland is a significant market for Flybe and our Edinburgh to London Heathrow route has grown from strength to strength since its 2017 launch.

“We are therefore pleased to add another daily flight from the start of our 2019 Summer schedule for our customers’ convenience which will offer a better spread of frequency across the day, with the added benefit of also improving connectivity with our long-haul codeshare partners operating out of London Heathrow.

“This is another example of Flybe’s ongoing commitment to connecting regional communities and providing a convenient service to and from major hub airports giving customers seamless onward access to destinations across the world.”

Earlier this month Flybe confirmed it is talking to “a number of strategic operators” about a possible sale of the group, following the posting of a 54 per cent fall in pre-tax profits in the six months to the end of September.

Virgin Atlantic has since been confirmed as a possible buyer, and there is also speculation that British Airways’ parent company IAG may also make a bid.