Edinburgh's links with the outside world will be boosted next year. Budget airline Easyjet will serve three new business destinations from Scotland's capital city while Continental will double its flights on the New York route.
The first new Easyjet route, a daily service to Madrid, will start on February 25. It will be followed by a daily service to Munich on April 4 along with a daily service to Milan Malpensa starting on May 21. Return fares start at £56 for Madrid and Milan along with £64 for Munich.
At present, Edinburgh has no direct services at all to Milan and Munich. There is a weekday service to Madrid with BA Connect but this makes an en route stop at Birmingham so the journey time is extended to four hours, 35 mins. Easyjet is launching the new services with route development funding from the Scottish executive.
In early May, US carrier Continental will begin twice daily flights to New York Newark. The new flights are CO109 westbound and CO108 eastbound.
CO109 departs at 1240 to arrive in New York at 1520. The inbound overnight flight departs New York at 2215 to reach Edinburgh at 1000.
Continental's existing flights are C037 from Edinburgh at 0920, reaching New York at 1200 and CO36 from New York at 1955 landing in Edinburgh at 0750. Flights feed into Continental's Newark hub with connection possibilities throughout the US hinterland.
Report by Alex McWhirter