Wizz Air will begin operations out of Edinburgh Airport in December, when it will launch routes to four European cities.

The Hungarian low-cost carrier will fly to the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary, and Bucharest in Romania.

Its Scottish operations have so far been at Aberdeen, where it flies to Gdansk, and Glasgow, where it flies to Budapest and Katowice.

According to Wizz, it will mean an increase in capacity of 250,000 seats on its routes from the country.

The fast-growing carrier has a total of 102 routes from the UK, which operate Airbus A320, A321 and A321neo aircraft.

From October it will fly to Moscow and St Petersburg from London’s Luton airport. British Airways will drop its long-standing route between Heathrow and St Petersburg a few days later.

Wizz Air says it has overtaken Easyjet as the largest carrier operating out of Luton, with 41 per cent of market share.

The new Edinburgh routes will run on the following schedule:

  • Edinburgh-Warsaw: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from December 18
  • Edinburgh-Gdansk: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from December 19
  • Edinburgh-Budapest: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from December 21
  • Edinburgh-Bucharest: Tuesday, Saturday from December 23

Owain Jones, Wizz Air’s UK managing director, said:

“We’re delighted to announce even more opportunities for our Scottish customers to experience Wizz Air’s low-fares on new routes connecting Edinburgh with some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, flying on-board one of Europe’s youngest, most efficient aircraft fleets.”

Meanwhile Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Wizz Air to Edinburgh and adding four new routes to the destinations map at Scotland’s busiest airport.

“We know there is a large Polish diaspora within our neighbouring communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but we also know people in Scotland have a thirst for travel so having Wizz onboard at Edinburgh is very exciting for us.”

This article has been amended to reflect the correct route launch dates following revised information from Wizz Air