Ryanair will be increasing its presence in the Scottish capital next year, opening 11 new routes from there.
Ryanair has revealed its summer 2019 schedules for Edinburgh, adding 11 new routes including several to the Nordic and Baltic countries.
By basing an additional aircraft there, bringing the total to nine and with a total of 58 routes, the low-cost carrier says it will deliver 3.5 million customers through Edinburgh airport in 2019.
There will be two new year-round routes, to Denmark’s home of Legoland, Billund, at twice per week and to Luxembourg at three times weekly.
In addition, there will be nine new summer-only routes – to Stockholm (two flights per week), Tallinn (two), Riga (one), Berlin (six), Derry (five) and two flights weekly each to Lisbon, Memmingen in Bavaria, Seville and Sofia.
The carrier is putting out introductory fares from £9.99 (€11.50) for travel until the end of January, which are available for booking until midnight on Saturday November 10.
Demand for Scotland
The Edinburgh-Billund flights mean that the airline will have as many as 15 routes from Billund Airport in summer 2019.
The route starts on April 4 and will fly every Thursday and Sunday at 15:10 local time from Edinburgh with arrival in Billund at 17:45. The return flight from Billund departs at 18:15 with arrival in the Scottish capital at 18:50.
“At Billund Airport we have long been working on getting a direct route to Scotland, and we are really pleased with this announcement,” says the airport’s marketing manager Jesper Klausholm.
“There is very high potential for traffic in both directions on the route between Billund and Edinburgh. About 35,000 West Danes visit Scotland every year, and we know that the route is being requested by many travel agencies doing tours in Scotland.”
He adds: “At the same time, I am quite sure that hotels and attractions throughout West Denmark will be hearing a lot more of the Scottish dialect this summer.”
Ryanair has flown between Billund and Edinburgh before, from 2008 to 2014.
Today, there are many flights between Copenhagen and Edinburgh, with three airlines on the route. Ryanair flies in the winter season four times a week, and from the summer schedules will operate five weekly flights.
easyJet and Norwegian are also on the case, easyJet planning four departures a week next summer, Norwegian five.
From Billund, Ryanair is also putting another new destination on the map next summer – Prague.
Ryanair’s total list of 15 so far are Athens, Milan-Bergamo, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Malta, Poznan, Alicante, Barcelona-Girona, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Prague, Berlin Schönefeld and Budapest.