easyJet to commence new Verona service from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport has said that easyJet, the UK-based European regional airline, will commence a new year-round service to the Italian city of Verona starting this December.

The first flight will depart the Scottish airport for Verona on December 7, timed for ski options this winter. It will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays on an A320 aircraft.

On Tuesdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 06:35am reaching Verona at 10:05 am; while on Saturdays, the flight will depart Edinburgh at 17:25 – 20:55. For return, on Tuesdays the flight will depart Verona at 10:35 am, arriving Edinburgh at 12:05; while on Saturdays, the flight will depart Verona at 21:25 hours and arrive Edinburgh at 23:00 hours.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘It’s great to see easyJet continue to grow at Edinburgh Airport by adding another new destination to its already extensive list, something that increases choice and flexibility for passengers.

‘We know there’s a desire to travel and take in the sights and culture of other cities across the world and we are always working to build and grow our destinations list. We also look forward to welcoming people from Verona to Scotland and showcasing what our fantastic country has to offer.’

Neil Slaven, easyJet’s UK Country Director, said: ‘We are really excited to have announced Scotland’s only direct winter connection from Edinburgh to Verona which will commence this December.

‘We remain committed to expanding our network from Scotland and this is a particularly exciting addition to our base at Edinburgh. We are confident it will provide a popular addition to easyJet’s network.

‘In total easyJet now serves 40 destinations from Edinburgh spanning the UK and Europe and this new route will complement our existing network of leisure and business flights.’

United Airlines to operate new service from Edinburgh to Washington DC

Edinburgh Airport has announced the launch of a direct route between the capital of Scotland and the capital of the United States, starting next summer.

This is the first time that a direct route between Edinburgh and Washington DC will be on offer.

Starting May 23, 2018, United Airlines will operate the service to Washington Dulles, offering daily flights between the two capital cities. United will continue to operate its year-round flights to New York Newark as well as extending its summer service to Chicago.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for Edinburgh Airport and Scotland as we connect our two capital cities for the first time. As Scotland’s busiest airport, we are a leader for international destinations and this demonstrates the confidence of US carriers in the Edinburgh market, standing ahead of other parts of the UK with such strong inbound tourism demand.

‘Our partners at United have seen first-hand the positive impact of flights from Edinburgh to New York Newark and Chicago, and we are keen to replicate that to Washington for both a business and tourist audience. ‘The Scottish economy will also benefit as we open up Edinburgh to a new market and as international passengers continue to soar, we will see a positive contribution to the local and national economy.’

Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: ‘This new service between Edinburgh and Washington DC will help to strengthen the important economic and cultural links between Scotland and the United States.

‘The launch of a direct route into America’s capital city is great news for Scottish businesses, giving them better access to important US markets through United’s hub operation. It will also help support our tourism industry by making it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, have to offer.

‘I warmly welcome this announcement and wish Edinburgh Airport and United Airlines every success with this new route. I have no doubt it will prove popular with travellers on both sides of the Atlantic.’

Edinburgh Airport opens one-stop-shop for luggage needs

Edinburgh Airport has announced the opening of Luggage-Point – a retail and service arm of Weigh-ahead – in the airport’s new terminal extension, offering passengers a solution to luggage requirements.

The new Edinburgh store stocks luxury brands like Samsonite, Kipling, Trunki and Fiorelli. It also offers customers a dry-cleaning drop-off and collection service, as well as lost property, storage and bag wrap facilities – the first of its kind at the airport. The store is also the first retailer in the world to stock exclusive merchandise from Rise Gear – luggage products previously featured on the Canadian Dragons Den that can roll packing and storage all into one.

The Airport’s Shop and Collect service will be based at Luggage-Point, which will be open from 4:00am to 10pm.

Richard Townsend, Head of Retail and Property at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘Having the new Luggage-Point store in our new terminal means that customers can have the choice of fantastic products and services in the one place.

‘We want to make the passenger journey as easy and stress-free as possible so the fact we can now offer services like bag wrapping and dry-cleaning will be a real benefit to our customers.’

Marc Stewart, a director of Luggage-Point said: ‘We’re extremely proud and excited not only as a company but as a family to be opening our new travel retail and passenger services store at Edinburgh Airport.

‘Edinburgh Airport is growing whilst committed to enhancing and improving the passenger experience. Luggage-Point shares the same philosophy and look forward to working with Edinburgh Airport to achieve these goals.’

Another first of its kind, Edinburgh Airport said that it will also install the new Best-weigh pre-check-in weighing units. Passengers will be able to check the weight of their luggage against the permitted allowance, whichever the airline they’re flying with. If too heavy, the system automatically calculates and advises of any potential charges. Located in the main check-in hall, the machines have inbuilt card payment facilities.

Edinburgh Airport set to introduce ticket collection point for Fringe Festival

Visitors arriving at Edinburgh Airport for this summer’s Fringe Festival will be able to collect their pre-booked Fringe tickets from the airport – a first ever offer by the world’s biggest arts festival.

From June, a specially designed ticket machine will be installed at the airport, offering festival fans and visitors the chance to print their tickets before they leave the airport. The machine will be located in the domestic arrivals area.

The move comes as The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society announced the biggest ever early sale of Fringe shows. Tickets for 2,428 shows at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe are currently on sale. Tickets for all the shows will go on sale when the full programme launch on June 5.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted to be a main partner for this year’s Fringe and look forward to the wave of colour and vibrancy that hits our city every August.

‘Having a dedicated ticket collection point available at the airport means that passengers arriving into Edinburgh from all over the world will have easy access to their tickets from the moment they touch down.

‘It’s another step to make sure our passengers have the best experience possible when Edinburgh itself is at its very best.’

On a visit to the airport last week, Kath M. Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: ‘We have wanted to introduce a ticket collection point at Edinburgh Airport for some time now and I’m delighted to be working with the airport to bring these plans to fruition for the 2014 Fringe.

‘It means that people who have already booked their tickets for August can pick up their tickets immediately after stepping off the plane at Edinburgh Airport.

‘Thousands of people travel to Edinburgh from all over the world in August and we want to ensure their festival experience is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. The introduction of this new collection point will do just that giving passengers the maximum amount of time possible to enjoy their trip to the world’s largest arts festival.’