United Airlines to resume US services from Edinburgh in 2022

Edinburgh Airport has announced that United Airlines will be returning to Scotland with direct flights from Edinburgh to New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. set to resume next year.

The airline will resume its year-round daily nonstop service between Edinburgh and New York/Newark from March 5, 2022 before season services to Chicago O’Hare and Washington D.C. resume on May 7, 2022.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to be resuming our transatlantic services with United to allow direct travel between Scotland and the USA for the first time in two years. It will allow families to reunite, friends to reconnect and re-open the strong tourism destinations on both sides of the Atlantic.’

Bob Schumacher, United’s Director of Sales U.K. and Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to return to Scotland in 2022 and resume nonstop services from Edinburgh to the United States. With the return of services, our customers in Edinburgh can once again take advantage of direct connections to the U.S., as well as an unrivalled route network from United’s hubs at New York/Newark, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offering convenient nonstop connections to 129 destinations across the Americas.’

United Airlines will be the first airline to resume services between Scotland and the United States. The year-round daily nonstop service from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and seasonal daily nonstop services from Edinburgh to Chicago O’Hare and Washington D.C. will be operated on Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class and 153 in economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

WestJet to start operating from Edinburgh Airport next year

Canadian airline WestJet is planning to start operations from Edinburgh Airport next year, offering a three times weekly service to Toronto.

The new service is set to begin on June 2, 2022 and will depart Edinburgh for Toronto on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays on a Boeing 737 Max.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘We know there is huge interest in North America and Canada in particular, so welcoming a fantastic airline like WestJet to Edinburgh Airport is hugely exciting and we are glad to welcome them to Scotland’s capital.

‘People are beginning to plan those family reunions and longed for holidays so we hope new additions where possible will held to satisfy that demand, and the route will also present a great opportunity to strengthen business links.

‘We look forward to welcoming WestJet to Edinburgh and showing off our fantastic capital city and everything else that Scotland has to offer.’

John Weatherill, WestJet’s Chief Commercial Officer said: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming Edinburgh to our international network and strengthening travel and tourism ties between our two countries.

‘Whether travellers are looking to discover Edinburgh’s enchanting castles and cobbled streets or exploring the vibrance of Toronto and beyond, we’re committed to continuing to introduce new destinations and routes to our network.’

WestJet’s plan to establish a base in Edinburgh will expand the connections that the Scottish capital city has with North America, with more transatlantic carriers expected to resume services next year.

easyJet launches first flight from Bournemouth to Belfast

easyJet has announced the launch of its new service between Bournemouth and Belfast, marking the launch of more convenient connectivity this summer between the South of England and cities across the UK.

The flight to Belfast is the first of two new domestic easyJet routes from Bournemouth launching this summer, the other being Edinburgh, which launched on May 27. Both routes will operate twice weekly, with Belfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Edinburgh operating on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £40.99 per person.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We are delighted to have operated the first flight today and to be increasing our services from Bournemouth Airport. With the addition of the two new summer routes from Bournemouth, our customers now have more travel choices in the region for those looking to take a long-awaited summer break.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The launch of domestic air connectivity between the South of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland is a milestone moment for Bournemouth Airport. The long-awaited return to flying is wonderful news for business and leisure passengers, giving a boost to the regional economy and enabling holidaymakers to take welcome ‘staycation’ breaks in Bournemouth, Belfast and Edinburgh – some of the UK’s most popular destinations.’

easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher. There are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline’s network which spans 35 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Loganair announces new Scotland-Wales flight service

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has launched its new service between Edinburgh and Cardiff, starting August 2.

Flights will be operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets, with prices on the 1hr 25 min trip starting at £49.99 one way including taxes and charges. Tickets are now on sale, and all Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance.

The direct flights – five per week in each direction – represent the last major route to be restored by Loganair and other carriers, reintroducing the domestic connectivity lost when Flybe collapsed in March 2020. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. The Cardiff service adds to the eight others already flown from Edinburgh by Loganair, including Southampton, Newquay and the Isle of Man.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘I know many of our customers – both business and leisure – have been waiting for this service to resume, and we are very pleased to be able to add Cardiff to our Edinburgh roster.

‘Importantly, these services fill gaps left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every lost domestic destination now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.’

Kate Sherry, aviation director at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re excited to be reconnecting the capitals of Scotland and Wales, a route which will allow family members to reunite as well as enable people to enjoy a well-earned break in Edinburgh and Cardiff. It’s been an extremely tough period and we know people are looking forward to enjoying some time away from home, and this is further good news as the airport looks to provide those opportunities for our passengers. Loganair is a valued partner and its confidence in Edinburgh Airport is welcome now and going forward.’

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: ‘We’re pleased that Loganair has stepped in to re-establish a vital connection between Wales and Scotland with a regular Cardiff-Edinburgh service. Customers will once again be able to fly easily for business and to visit friends and family, as well as have the opportunity to travel for a well-earned city break or to explore Scotland’s beautiful scenery.

‘It is a top priority for us to re-instate routes lost as a result of the pandemic, and we are delighted that Scotland’s airline has announced this essential service for our customers, increasing regional connectivity from Wales. We look forward to working closely with the Loganair team going forward.’

Loganair has a comprehensive FlySafe protocol in place requiring all customers, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings; social distancing through boarding and disembarkation; and additional aircraft cleaning and sanitisation between every flight. These protocols will remain in place for as long as reasonably required through public health precautions, it said.

Further, Loganair’s FlexProtect programme allows customers to change their bookings or obtain a refund, if there is a change in Government legislation or rules that affects their travel plan.

easyJet announces new summer routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh

easyJet has announced two new domestic routes from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh, offering customers in the Dorset region more domestic connections this summer to book a UK summer break.

The new flights will operate up to twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays to Belfast from May 26, and on Thursdays and Sundays to Edinburgh, with flights scheduled to take off from May 27, 2021 and continue throughout the summer. Flights are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares available from £22.99.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager said: ‘We’re delighted to offer two new domestic services from Bournemouth to Belfast and Edinburgh for the first time and are pleased to provide our customers in the region more choice for those looking for a long-awaited summer break. We remain committed to offering great value fares and more choice when for customer flying with us.

‘Our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday, and while the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on long-awaited holiday to remember.’

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Bournemouth Airport, said: ‘The addition of Edinburgh and Belfast with easyJet rounds off an exciting week for Bournemouth Airport and the Dorset region, following the launch of our 2021-22 summer/winter schedule which now includes 32 destinations in 14 countries. We’re delighted to extend our flying programme with easyJet, with domestic routes in high demand for staycations and business links, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

easyJet and easyJet holidays have introduced flexible customer policies under a ‘Protection Promise’. This includes a Refund Guarantee for flights or holidays if they are cancelled plus a full refund for holidays if a customer changes their plan up to 28 days before. With the Travel Ban Protection customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown; the Freedom To Change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure, and change a holiday up to 28 days before departure. If quarantine measures come in to place last minute, the Quarantine Assurance also means impacted flights can be changed without a change fee. All holidays are covered under easyJet holidays’ Covid commitments if holidays cannot happen or are impacted by restrictions.

easyJet announces new domestic route from Birmingham to Edinburgh

easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced a new route between Birmingham and Edinburgh.

The new domestic city connection will operate 13 times a week throughout the year, with flights launching on March 29, 2020. Over 180,000 passengers are expected to use the new service during the first 12 months of operation. Seats are due to go on sale in the coming weeks.

This is the second new Birmingham route that easyJet has announced recently – the airline will operate a new service to Glasgow which will start services on the same date, with the same weekly frequency as the new service to Edinburgh.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: ‘We are delighted to be announcing another new route from Birmingham today and another connection to Scotland.

‘It is the second route to Scotland in as many weeks and underlines our commitment to providing domestic services and expanding our offering for customers from the Midlands.

‘We are confident the new service will be a popular addition to easyJet’s network with those looking to travel both for business and leisure.’

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: ‘It is great news that easyJet is announcing a fourth route from Birmingham Airport just a couple of weeks after announcing its third route to Glasgow. This new route complements the existing Geneva and Belfast destinations.

‘It is important that our passengers have a wide selection of destinations to choose from, as well as a frequency of flights to suit their needs. With the new route to Edinburgh, we now have two connections to Scotland with easyJet, both operating 13 times a week. Scotland is a popular destination not only for tourists but business passengers too, and we look forward to welcoming the additional services from March 2020.’

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.