Wizz Air announces four new routes to European destinations from Edinburgh

Wizz Air, a low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has said that it will begin operations at Edinburgh Airport with the launch of four routes to popular European city break destinations.

Starting November, Wizz Air will connect Edinburgh with the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary, and Bucharest in Romania. These new services will see an increase in capacity of 250,000 seats on Wizz Air’s Scottish routes in 2020.

Effective from November 1, 2019, Wizzair’s new Edinburgh – Warsaw service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with fares from £16.99; Edinburgh – Gdansk route will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 2, 2019 with fares from £16.99; the Edinburgh – Budapest service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays starting November 2, 2019 with fares starting from £21.99; while the new Edinburgh – Bucharest will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays also starting November 2, 2019 with fares from £29.99. The fares are all one way including all taxes and non-optional charges and tickets are available for booking at wizzair.com.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce even more opportunities for our Scottish customers to experience Wizz Air’s low-fares on new routes connecting Edinburgh with some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, flying on-board one of Europe’s youngest, most efficient aircraft fleets. Offering unique cultural, architectural, gastronomic and nightlife experiences, our customers travelling to Budapest, Bucharest, Gdansk and Warsaw will also enjoy fantastic value-for-money – making pounds stretch further. The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our ultra-efficient fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Wizz Air to Edinburgh and adding four new routes to the destinations map at Scotland’s busiest airport. We know there is a large Polish diaspora within our neighbouring communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but we also know people in Scotland have a thirst for travel so having Wizz onboard at Edinburgh is very exciting for us.

Offering choice to our passengers is what we aim to do as it is that choice which enriches our knowledge of other countries and cultures while also taking Scotland to the world. Tourism plays such a crucial part in Scotland’s economy and it’s important that we look to broaden our horizons in the most sustainable way possible and demonstrate the fantastic offering that our country has.’

Wizz Air now operates seven routes from Scotland to some of the most sought after destinations in Eastern Europe. This includes services between Aberdeen and Gdansk, and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice, as well as the new Edinburgh routes. With the latest four routes Wizz Air now has 360 thousand seats on sale on its Scottish routes, the airline said in a release.

Jet2.com announces summer 2020 programme from Edinburgh Airport

British travel and holiday company Jet2.com has announced its summer-20 programme from Edinburgh Airport, with 33 destinations including the new destination of Izmir in Turkey.

With the capacity expansion, over 850,000 seats are now on sale, including across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, next summer.

The new flights to Izmir will operate every Tuesday from May to October, when holidaymakers can also access popular resorts on the west coast of Turkey such as Kusadasi, Cesme, Ozdere and Seferihisar. In addition to Izmir, Jet2 will operate more flights and seats to Antalya and Dalaman next summer, as well as continue its popular weekly service to Bodrum. Jet2 currently operates three weekly services to Antalya and Dalaman.

As part of its summer 2020 programme from Edinburgh Airport, Jet2 will have over 80 departing weekly flights during peak periods. The key highlights include flights to Canary Islands, with up to 12 weekly services to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, and additional flights to Tenerife.

Further, the airline will operate daily services to the sunshine destinations of Palma (Majorca), Alicante and Faro as well as increased service to Malaga with five weekly flights, and Ibiza with four weekly flights. Jet2 will also offer more choice to Spain and its islands, with three weekly services to Reus (Costa Dorada), two weekly services to Girona (Costa Brava) and a weekly service to Menorca.

In addition, the airline offers nine weekly services to Greece, including two weekly services to Crete (Heraklion), Zante and Rhodes, as well as weekly services to Corfu, Kos and Halkidiki; two weekly services Paphos and a weekly service to Larnaca in Cyprus; additional frequency, two weekly services to Bourgas, Bulgaria; weekly services to Dubrovnik, in addition to weekly services Pula and Split in Croatia; and three weekly services to Venice, as well as two weekly services to Naples and Verona in Italy.

Tickets for the summer programme are available to book at www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

Emirates commences new Dubai-Edinburgh service

Emirates has said that it has commenced its new service between Dubai and Edinburgh on October 1.

The new Edinburgh route, which was originally announced as a daily service, will now be operated five-times weekly, and will revert to a daily service by next June. The new service is operated on the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER.

Edinburgh is Emirates’ second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom. Other destinations which Emirates serves in the UK, include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

‘Today’s flight marks the start of greater connectivity and more convenience for leisure and business travellers from the wider Edinburgh area and locations further afield, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to destinations across Emirates’ global network via Dubai. While for inbound travellers, particularly from cities in Asia and Australia, there is now a direct flight option to Scotland’s most visited city by tourists,’ said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. ‘In addition to tourism, the new flight will also directly connect Edinburgh to new opportunities for business, trade and education across our network.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This is a great day for Scotland and Edinburgh. We know the power of connectivity – the more we can connect with cities and countries across the globe, the more opportunity for passengers. It makes our country stronger and culturally richer.

‘Our partnership with a world class brand like Emirates strengthens and grows our country’s connectivity and we look forward to working with them to the benefit of passengers across the world. We’ve built our success on making Edinburgh where Scotland meets the world and today’s flight see us take a major step on that journey.’

The Boeing 777 deployed on the new Edinburgh route has a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.

Ryanair announces City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh

Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced a new route to Edinburgh from City of Derry Airport, the main gateway for the North West of Ireland.

This new route to Edinburgh will commence in October, with a five-time weekly service as part of Ryanair’s Winter 2018 schedule, which includes a route to Liverpool. In announcing the service, the airline also launched a £9.99 winter sale on the route.

Ryanair’s Eimear Ryan said: ‘Our new City of Derry Airport route to Edinburgh commences in October, operating five times weekly as part of our Winter 2018 schedule. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just £9.99, which are available for booking from today until midnight Tuesday (4th Sept) for travel from October to January. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’

Charlene Shongo, Airport Manager at City of Derry Airport, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to launch Ryanair’s new service to Edinburgh. The charming city of Edinburgh has so much to offer travellers, from romantic getaways, family trips or a weekend break with friends. The new Ryanair service to Edinburgh will operate five times per week and will commence on 28th October. Flights are on sale now with fares starting from as little as £9.99 one way. As well as offering city breaks, this new route will be of huge benefit for those who travel to Scotland to visit family and friends, for studying or sporting events throughout the year’.

As part of the Irish airlines ‘Always Getting Better’ programme, Ryanair customers are offered a price promise offering a refund of the price difference + EUR5, if they find a cheaper fare compared to Ryanair’s offered price.

Hainan Airlines commences first direct flight from Dublin to Beijing

China-headquartered Hainan Airlines has commenced its first ever direct route to mainland China from Dublin Airport.

The new service comes after nearly 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China last year, with about a quarter of them travelling between Dublin and Beijing. Hainan will operate the year-round Dublin to Beijing direct service using an Airbus A330 aircraft on Tuesdays and Saturdays and via Edinburgh on Thursdays and Sundays.

Commenting on the new Dublin to Beijing service, Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines to Dublin Airport and to Ireland. We have worked really hard to bring this direct route to Ireland and today is the result of many years of dialogue. I would like to thank a wide range of other bodies such as Irish Embassy in China, our colleagues at Tourism Ireland and other key stakeholders such as IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia, all of whom helped to get us to the launch here today.

‘Trade between Ireland and China is hugely important for our economy and it is currently estimated to be worth more than EUR14.9 billion per year. The new direct route will greatly facilitate Irish firms and exporters with operations and clients in China, as well as China’s financial services and technology companies investing in Ireland. Ireland is also home to more than 5,000 Chinese students attending Irish educational institutions. This new direct service makes travelling between the capital cities of Ireland and China much easier and I have no doubt it will be popular for both business and leisure travellers. We will work closely with Hainan Airlines to market the new route.’

Hainan Airlines Chairman Bao Quifa added, ‘We are delighted to launch this first ever direct route between Dublin and Beijing and we are very proud that Hainan Airlines will play a central role in forging greater friendship and cooperation between our two countries. We look forward to welcoming many Irish and Chinese guests on board our five-star Skytrax service.’

The direct Beijing-Dublin flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Beijing at 01:30, arriving in Dublin at 06:00. The direct Dublin-Beijing service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will depart Dublin Airport at 11:10, arriving in Beijing at 05:00 the next day.

The Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Beijing at 01:30, arriving in Dublin at 09:10 via Edinburgh. The Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 08:00 and arriving in Beijing via Edinburgh at 05:00 the next day, Dublin Airport said.

United Airlines commences direct service between Edinburgh and Washington D.C

United Airlines has launched a direct service between the capital cities of Scotland and the United States of America for the first time, following the start of a new route between Edinburgh and Washington D.C.

The new daily service from Edinburgh to Washington Dulles will operate on a Boeing 757-200 and will depart Edinburgh at 1230, landing at 1530 local time. It will operate until October 4, 2018.

The service connects Edinburgh to 63 North American destinations via United’s Washington Dulles Airport hub, such as Orlando, Las Vegas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tampa and Denver. United Airlines presently operates a year-round flight to New York Newark and a summer service to Chicago.

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This fantastic addition to Edinburgh Airport will link our two capital cities for the first time and strengthen the already strong links between Scotland and America.

‘We know that Edinburgh and Scotland are a huge draw for inbound tourists and we look forward to welcoming and showing them the fantastic sights and history that we have, and the allure of a dynamic city like Washington D.C and all of its landmarks will prove to be a popular with those passengers looking to experience the best of America. Business on both sides of the Atlantic will also benefit from increased access.

‘We fly to more than 150 destinations worldwide and we’re always looking to establish new direct links to destinations across the globe and offer greater choice to the 13.4 million people who travel through Scotland’s busiest airport ever year.’

Bob Schumacher, United Managing Director Sales United Kingdom and Ireland, said: ‘We are excited to inaugurate our nonstop seasonal service between Edinburgh and our Washington, D.C. hub, connecting the two capital cities for the very first time.

‘Our new flight strengthens our international route network and provides our customers from Scotland with greater travel choice, with almost 70 nonstop connections from Washington, D.C. to other destinations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.’

InterContinental Hotels Group adds 13 luxury and upscale hotels in UK

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has said that it will expand its luxury and upscale estate, establishing itself as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the UK.

Accordingly, IHG has entered into a conditional agreement with Fonciere des Regions (FdR), to rebrand and operate 12 high quality open hotels (2.2k rooms) and one pipeline hotel (185 rooms) into its portfolio across the UK. The move will expand the InterContinental brand, and enable IHG to launch its luxury boutique brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK, adding multiple hotels for the brand in major city centres, including London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The agreement is a major step as IHG plans to take the brand global, expanding on the first signings for Asia and China last year, and will act as a catalyst for Kimpton’s growth in Europe. This agreement aims to strengthen IHG’s position in the upscale segment in the UK, and will establish a presence for its new upscale brand. These hotels will represent the IHG brand in its largest market within the Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region, where it will initially be launched later this year.

Keith Barr, chief executive officer, IHG commented: ‘We are focused on continuing to expand our leadership in luxury and upscale, which are both high-value segments with significant growth potential. Bringing Kimpton to such an important market as the UK is a key part of our plans, as is the introduction of our new upscale brand, which will provide an exciting, differentiated offering to both guests and owners. Together with the recent addition of Regent Hotels & Resorts to our portfolio, we are building real momentum behind our plans to deliver industry-leading net rooms growth.’

Following FdR’s acquisition of the hotel properties and operations, IHG will operate the hotels that currently operate under the Principal Hotels and De Vere Hotels brands under long-term ‘managed leases’ as part of its luxury and upscale portfolio. The hotels include The Principal London, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square, The Principal Edinburgh George Street, The Principal Met Hotel (Leeds), The Principal York, De Vere Oxford Thames, The Grand Birmingham (pipeline), The Principal Manchester, The Principal Blythswood Square (Glasgow), The Principal Grand Central (Glasgow), The Principal St David’s (Cardiff), The Principal Oxford Spires and De Vere Wotton House.

Edinburgh Airport announces new routes to Seville and Jersey

Edinburgh Airport has announced the addition of two new routes to its summer offering after easyJet announced they will operate flights to Seville and Jersey from March.

Both routes will be twice weekly through the summer season and will commence operation from March 26 and March 31, respectively.

Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, said: ‘The New Year always brings fresh opportunities and adventures, and we’re delighted to be able to offer two new summer destinations to passengers in Seville and Jersey. We know choice is important and these new routes only add to the huge selection we already have – and it’s never too early to be planning that next trip!

‘We have a strong relationship with easyJet and the fact they are continuing to grow at Edinburgh is a sign of their commitment to Scotland’s busiest airport and of the success we have had already and will continue to enjoy in 2018 and beyond.’

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager added: ‘We’re really pleased to be adding even more routes to our Edinburgh network and to be putting flights on sale today, allowing our customers to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares for both leisure and business travel.

‘easyJet is the largest airline in Scotland and we have been committed to Edinburgh for over 22 years. We are proud to have carried more than over 41 million passengers in that time.

‘We’re committed to expansion at Edinburgh and the addition of new routes will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth, providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.’

In December easyJet announced the launch of a new service between Edinburgh and Sofia, opening up Bulgaria’s capital city to Scottish passengers. The twice weekly service will operate on Tuesdays. With the new routes to Seville and Jersey, the number of destinations served from the Scottish airport increases to 146.

Eurowings to commence new Edinburgh – Munich route in March

Edinburgh Airport has announced a new direct service between Scotland’s capital and Munich by Eurowings.

The new five times weekly service – which will commence on March 31, 2017 – offers a greater choice of business and leisure links direct between Scotland and Europe. Munich was Edinburgh’s first twin city in 1954 and this new link will further build the business and cultural ties between Bavaria and Scotland, the airport reported.

The Eurowings flight will depart Edinburgh at 08.35 hours to reach Munich at 11.50 hours, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 13.15 hours to reach Munich at 16.30 hours, while on Sunday the flight will depart the Scottish capital at 08.15 hours to reach Munich at 11.30 hours. For return, the flight will leave Munich Airport at 06.30 hours on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays to arrive Munich at 0755 hours. On Tuesdays the flight will depart Edinburgh at 11.10 hours to reach Munich at 12.35 hours; while on Sunday, the flight will depart the Scottish capital at 06.10 hours to reach Munich at 07.35 hours.

Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said: ‘I am delighted that Edinburgh Airport has a direct new service into Bavaria; this offers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for connectivity between Scotland and the continent for both business and leisure passengers.

‘We are well on course to have handled in excess of 12 million passengers by the end of the year and we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.’

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: ‘VisitScotland plays a very important role in partnering airlines on innovative marketing programmes, helping to bring new and extended routes to Scotland’s network. We are delighted that Eurowings has introduced this new service from Munich, which will allow us to welcome even more visitors from one of Scotland’s biggest international markets.’

Hilton Hotels & Resorts launches in prime Edinburgh locale

In response to the rising needs of tourists and travellers, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Edinburgh Carlton – the eighth Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in the country.

More than four million tourists visit Edinburgh yearly.

Located less than 10 miles from Edinburgh Airport and a short walk away from Edinburgh’s main attraction, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is also within walking distance from the famous Royal Mile, and overlooks the beautiful St. Giles’ Cathedral. The hotel is close to Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street, as well as to some of the UK’s top companies making it an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Andreas Lackner, vice president, area brand management, Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘Hilton Edinburgh Carlton offers a chic hotel experience in a prime Edinburgh locale with its sleek design, top-notch amenities and all the benefits and high-quality service expected from Hilton Hotels & Resorts. We are delighted to be extending our footprint in Scotland and to welcome guests from all over the world, especially with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival taking place this month, attracting thousands of visitors.’

The hotel, owned and operated by Amaris Hospitality, offers 211 guest rooms, including junior suites and executive rooms, to serve the needs of business and leisure travellers. All rooms are equipped with a desk, 40-inch TV and modern bathroom. Guests staying in executive rooms can enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks in the hotel’s Executive Lounge throughout the day.

With seven exclusive meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 200 people, Hilton Edinburgh Carlton caters to events and occasions. The hotel also offers customised dining options for private events along with dedicated breakout spaces. Hilton Edinburgh Carlton also features Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill, offering a classic dining menu, along with signature dishes and drinks.

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton participates in Hilton HHonors, the guest-loyalty programme for Hilton Worldwide. In celebration of the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels will receive 5,000 bonus points for a three-night minimum stay (valid through October 31, 2016), along with instant benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and digital check-in.