The Scottish capital will shortly gain new links to Barcelona and Paris CDG. Spanish carrier Clickair will inaugurate a daily Edinburgh to Barcelona link on August 1 just in time for Scottish city's famous Fringe Festival. Clickair will use an Airbus A320 with the flight departing from Barcelona at 0945 and returning from Edinburgh at 1030.
It will be in competition with local airline Globespan which also operates every day but using a B737. Globespan's service departs Edinburgh at 0900 and comes back from Barcelona at 1335.
Says Clickair's CEO, Alex Cruz, "We are delighted to add Scotland to our list of destinations. Edinburgh is a great complement to our existing London services, our two regions are especially close and we are proud to offer all travellers – business people, tourists and students alike – a product they can tailor to their needs."
The second service, operated by Easyjet, will compete with existing flights by Flybe and Air France. Easyjet's daily service to Paris will begin on September 10 with flights departing at 0935 and returning at 1255.
The Paris route will further strengthen Easyjet's presence at Scotland's capital. Says Katie Stitson, Easyjet's marketing manager for Scotland, "We now offer 14 routes from Edinburgh and are Scotland's largest low-cost airline. Paris is our sixth new route this year following the launch of Madrid, Munich, Milan, Palma and Dortmund which begins on May 30."
Report by Alex McWhirter