Edinburgh Airport is
offering Scottish passengers more than 130 routes this year after
unveiling a number of new services, including new easyJet flights to London Southend
Airport. The airport’s Head of Communications, Gordon Robertson,
How significant is the new easyJet link to London
It means that Edinburgh now has connections to all six London
airports. This will give our business passengers even greater
flexibility on how they travel to London and provide all passengers
with fast access to the city of London and the surrounding area.
Flights between Edinburgh and Southend will operate six days a
week, year round, from 2 May 2013.
What other routes are planned and why are these
2013 will be an exciting year for Edinburgh airport with several
new services in the pipeline. A key airport strategy is to provide
our passengers with more choice of airlines and destinations and in
2013 we will be offering more choice than ever before with direct
flights to global destinations as well as greater access to major
airline networks via hubs like Heathrow, Toronto and Istanbul. As
part of easyJet’s new five-year deal with Edinburgh Airport, two
additional easyJet planes will be based at the airport providing
new links to Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Reykjavik, Prague from 21
March and Dubrovnik from 7 May.
Ryanair will operate six new services
to Bologna, Beziers, Cagliari, Corfu, Katowice and Santander from
summer 2013 and increase frequency on five other routes.
Virgin Atlantic will begin
six daily services to Heathrow from 5 April providing more links to
London and connecting Edinburgh with 30 worldwide destinations
served by Virgin Atlantic. Air Canada
Rouge, Air Canada’s new leisure airline, will begin direct
flights between Edinburgh and Toronto from July 2013. Not only will
the service provide a direct link to Toronto, but it will open
Scotland up to Air Canada’s entire network. The service will
initially fly for the summer season.
One of the airlines that was new to Edinburgh in 2012,
Turkish Airlines, will
increase its four a week service to a daily service from May 2013,
providing Scottish passengers easy access to Turkish Airlines
global network via its Istanbul hub.
Tell us about your new route development fund and what
it will mean?
The new £15 million
Route Development Fund will to drive competition and bring new
airlines and new routes to Edinburgh. Since taking ownership of
Edinburgh Airport in June 2012, Global Infrastructure Partners and
our new management team have prioritised the development of
Edinburgh’s route network. Developing new routes can’t be left
solely to the airport and we’re clear that there is a role for the
city’s public and private sector to play.
We’ll therefore be working closely with city partners: City of
Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and others to
explore how we work collaboratively to promote Edinburgh to the
world’s airlines. What are your predictions for the year ahead?
Despite a slight dip in year-on-year passenger numbers for December
2012, we’re optimistic of returning to growth in 2013, a year that
will see Scotland's busiest airport offer more choice to passengers
than ever before.