Irish airline, Ryanair, has added three new routes to its Edinburgh schedules – Marrakech, in Morocco, Faro in Portugal, and Paris, France. The airline now operates 38 routes out of Edinburgh.
Last year, Ryanair axed flights at a number of UK airports, including Robin Hood and Birmingham, and moved its planes to Edinburgh, where fourteen new flights helped elevate the airport above its closest rival, Glasgow.
Edinburgh posted an impressive 5.6% rise in passenger numbers in September 2009, and a further 0.6% boost at the end of the year, despite being battered by appalling weather.
Ryanair boss, Stephen McNamara, issued a template statement, and then extended the airline’s never-ending sale for another week. Edinburgh boss, Gordon Dewar, was delighted with the news, however:
“We have managed to replace the seats lost by the collapse of Flyglobespan late last year. The Marrakech route is particularly exciting as it’s the first link from Scotland to this burgeoning tourist destination.”
The new routes completed a bumper week for Edinburgh, coming just days after an English developer announced plans to build two hotels near the airport, capable of housing 350 guests between them.
Located opposite the main control tower, the two hotels will help alleviate pressure on the nearby Hilton Hotel, which recently finished building forty extra rooms. Local accommodation will be expected to cope with an explosion in passenger numbers over the coming year.
Up to 500 jobs will be created by the hotel, including 325 construction positions. A completion date has yet to be agreed upon.