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Monday 13th of October 2014
The Car Hire Edinburgh Airport manager Iain is delighted the low cost airline is adding routes to the airport for next summer.
The boss of Ryanair has revealed he plans to expand operations at Edinburgh Airport, with new flights to Europe as part of the plans. Although Michael O’Leary did say he has no plans to take over the Edinburgh Airport to Heathrow route, being dropped by another airline.
On a visit to the Capital, Mr O’Leary suggested Edinburgh was a more attractive destination than London for many Europeans. And he said new routes which the company planned to Europe would be served from Edinburgh. Ryanair is due to start a three-times-a-day service between Edinburgh and London Stansted later this month, aimed at business passengers and Mr O’Leary said by next summer it would expand to four flights a day.
But Mr O’Leary said Ryanair would continue to expand its Edinburgh operation. He said, “As we open up new routes across Europe I think we will link those new bases back to Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a very attractive destination. A lot of continental Europeans – the Italians, the Spanish, and the Germans – are not that keen on going to London. They’re much keener on travelling to Ireland and Scotland. I think Ireland and Scotland resonate much more with the continental Europeans. We’re taking 50 aircraft deliveries from Boeing at the back end of 2015. I would expect to be placing at least one or two of those aircraft here in Edinburgh and beginning a period of sustained new route and traffic growth at Edinburgh and Glasgow.”