easyJet steps up Scottish expansion
easyJet will operate the Edinburgh to Dalaman route in summer 2012 following the collapse of Holidays4u earlier this year.
The low cost carrier is has also revealed plans to launch flights to Naples from the Edinburgh next April.
The low-fares airline revealed the plans as it marked its inaugural flight to the Greek capital of Athens. The new routes, which bring the total number of easyJet routes from
Scotland to 45, will be served by the arrival of a fifth aircraft at Edinburgh Airport, which also sees the launch of Tenerife and Grenoble later this year.
The expansion will enable easyJet to further grow its leisure market and are the latest in a series of new Scottish routes announced over the past 12 months including
Edinburgh to Basel and Paphos, Glasgow to Jersey and Amsterdam and Aberdeen to Gatwick.
The new A320 is the 200th airbus in easyJet’s fleet – a milestone that has been marked with a distinctive all orange livery on the plane.
Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s commercial manager for Scotland, said:
“2011 has been an incredible year for easyJet in Scotland, the highlight of which is today’s launch of Scotland’s only direct route to Athens, connecting Edinburgh – the Athens of the North – to the Greek capital.
“Naples will be yet another Scottish first for easyJet and is set to become a popular inbound and outbound destination. We are also pleased to be able to provide much needed capacity on the popular Edinburgh to Dalaman route.
“This announcement brings the number of new routes which we launched from Scotland in the last 12 months to 8, alongside increased capacity on our popular business links between Glasgow and London.”
easyJet will start flying to Naples and Dalaman in April next year.
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