Budget carrier Ryanair has introduced four UK and two overseas destinations to its summer network from Edinburgh.
The added locations include Rhodes and Venice in addition to the UK’s Belfast, Bournemouth, Cornwall, and Stansted.
The airline will provide 69 routes overall, with more frequent service on over 30 of its most well-liked flights.
Ryanair will base a further new aircraft in Edinburgh as part of this record-breaking timetable, increasing the total to 11 for the summer of 2023, and adding more than 30 new employees for pilots and cabin staff.
With 4.7 million passengers expected to travel from Edinburgh this year, the extension represents a capacity increase of more than 25% year over year.
In order to encourage tourism and connectivity, Ryanair has renewed its request for the UK government to completely remove air passenger duty.
Dara Brady, Ryanair’s director of marketing, digital and communications, said: “If we are to continue to grow and to drive recovery and connectivity to the UK, prime minister Sunak must immediately scrap APD in full for all travel – not just domestic travel – and provide incentives for airlines like Ryanair to stimulate growth and recovery for the UK and its regions.”
Kate Sherry, aviation director at Edinburgh airport, added: “With six fantastic new routes, and increased frequency to many of Europe’s most popular destinations, the arrival of Ryanair’s summer schedule for 2023 is great news for our passengers – as is the introduction of the new cleaner, quieter Boeing 737 Gamechanger aircraft for many of these flights.”