The first ever low cost air service from Manchester to Edinburgh starts on Monday, Valentine’s Day, with Jet2.com offering one-way fares on the three-times daily service from £15 including taxes.
The new route, one of 13 the airline has on sale from its North West base, is its second domestic destination following the recent launch of a three-times daily service to London Gatwick. Three daily flights to Amsterdam also started this week. Low cost flights really have arrived at Manchester airport.
The route is the first ever truly low cost service between the two cities. The airline believes the strong business and leisure links Manchester & Edinburgh have will make it a very successful service.
The inaugural flight departs Edinburgh at 07.45 landing at Manchester at 08.45, with the first flight departing from the North West at 09.15, arriving in the Scottish capital an hour later.
Philip Meeson, boss at Jet2.com, said: “We are delighted to be the only airline to offer truly low cost fares on flights between Manchester & Edinburgh. Passengers are paying phenomenally high fares on some routes and airlines are being plain greedy.Ê Competitor fares on some routes - such as Manchester to Edinburgh and Manchester to London for example - are just daylight robbery.
“There is a huge demand for low cost travel and we have shown through our growth here at Manchester, as well as at Leeds Bradford and Belfast, that we can meet demand with supply. Low cost flights have arrived in Manchester and are here to stay!
“Edinburgh is a wonderful city and will appeal to all kinds of travellers, from those visiting for shopping, nightlife and culture, to those flying for business. It is a must visit destination.
“We will be flying three times a day and our morning flight arrives at 10.15 giving business travellers an alternative option to the high cost scheduled airlines, and leisure travellers the chance to spend a day’s shopping in this fantastic city.
“If you add the business market to leisure travellers, and then factor in the demand our £15 low cost fares will generate, then we believe we’ll have a very busy and popular service on our hands.”
Richard Jeffrey, managing director, BAA Edinburgh Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jet2.com to Edinburgh and look forward to supporting their efforts in the coming months and years.”