New direct flight between Edinburgh and Paris announced

A new direct flight between Edinburgh and Paris has been announced.
Transavia – the low-cost airline of the Air France-KLM Group – will operate four weekly flights on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

  
The flights between Edinburgh Airport and Paris Orly will begin in April next year.

Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “Well done to Transavia for recognising the growing demand for connectivity from Edinburgh.

“Confirmation of this route between Scotland’s capital and the heart of France shows they share similar aspirations for business growth as we do.”

Herve Kozar, chief commercial officer of Transavia, said: “This route between two leading European capitals with four frequencies per week from Edinburgh is a major achievement for us.

“This scheduling will suit both city breakers and business passengers.”

The announcement was also welcomed by tourism bosses.

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “The French market is already a big contributor to our wider tourism economy as well as an opportunity for future tourism growth.

“French travellers love the romance of Edinburgh and the Highlands beyond.

“They keep coming back, and at all times of year, so the new year-round service with Transavia will ensure that they continue to visit and enjoy our summer and winter festivals alike.”
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Edinburgh Airport and VisitScotland welcome direct flights to Dusseldorf

Edinburgh Airport and VisitScotland have today welcomed confirmation from Eurowings of a new direct flight between Scotland's capital and Dusseldorf Airport.

Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said the three-times-weekly flight – which will commence on March 27 of next year – highlights the airport’s commitment to delivering enhanced options for passengers and business links direct between Scotland and mainland Europe.

Mr Dewar said: “I am delighted that Edinburgh Airport has a direct new flight into the heart of Dusseldorf; this offers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for business connectivity between Scotland and the continent.

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“Credit is due to Eurowings for recognising the growing demand for connectivity from Edinburgh. Confirmation of this route between Scotland’s capital and Dusseldorf Airport shows they share similar aspirations for business growth as we do.

“With over one million passengers through the doors at Edinburgh Airport last month – and in every one of the last five months – we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.”

Eurowings, which is part of the Lufthansa Group, already serves Cologne from Edinburgh. Lufthansa also flies to Frankfurt from Edinburgh, and two airlines within the same group – Brussels Airlines and Edelweiss Airlines (Swiss) – also serve Edinburgh to Brussels to Zurich respectively.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Germany already makes up our single biggest European market and is our second largest international market. Last year Scotland welcomed 343,000 trips by our German friends – almost a fifth more than in 2013. Air services play an important part in growing the visitor economy and we are particularly delighted to see such a strong operator as Eurowings increasing its position in Scotland.

“German visitors see Scotland as an ideal destination for ‘romantic adventurers’ and can be found travelling to all corners of the country to explore our diverse cities and beautiful landscape. With this exciting addition to Scotland’s air routes, we look forward to welcoming even more of our German friends next year.”