Ryanair has announced three new routes from Edinburgh airport for this winter.

The low-cost carrier will launch three flights per week from the Scottish capital to Madrid and Paris Beauvais from next month, as well as twice weekly services to Palermo.

The airline recently announced plans to fly between Edinburgh and Cork, with three flights per week starting in December – the latest additions bring the number of newly added Ryanair routes from Edinburgh this year to eight, the others being Shannon, Ireland West airport (for Knock), Tallinn and Turin.

In the case of Paris, it’s the second new route announcement from Edinburgh airport in less than a week, following Vueling’s major expansion at Paris Orly.

Vueling to launch six UK routes to Paris Orly

Commenting on the news Kate Sherry, aviation director at Edinburgh Airport, said:

“We know people need and want to travel and with restrictions easing, we want to provide as many options as possible for them to finally take that trip they’ve been waiting for.

“It’s clear to see there is confidence in the Edinburgh market as one for sustainable growth and it is good news that Ryanair are working with us to add new routes where possible and help people return to travel safely.”

This winter will see Virgin Atlantic launch its first international flights from Edinburgh, with a twice weekly service to Barbados starting on December 5.

Virgin Atlantic to launch international flights from Edinburgh

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