On November 3, budget airline, easyJet, will add a new route from Edinburgh Airport to the city of Paphos on Cyprus.
Three weeks later, on November 23, the carrier will also begin flying to Cologne, Germany. The two new routes complement a third to Basel in Switzerland, due to take off at the beginning of December.
EasyJet’s total out of Edinburgh now stands at 20 flights, all of which travel to destinations in Europe. The Paphos route will operate twice a week, whilst visitors to Cologne can choose from four separate weekly outings.
Paphos becomes easyJet’s most easterly destination by several hundred miles, ahead of Krakow in Poland, and Munich in Germany. The Cypriot city is revered for its subtropical climate and rich heritage, which incorporates elements of the Greek pantheon of gods; legend has it that the goddess of love, Aphrodite, was born on the island.
Cologne is perhaps the better-known destination, having been a major trading centre since the middle ages. Today, the city is one of the largest in Germany, known for its many museums and its Bundesliga side, 1. F.C. Köln. Cologne also holds an annual street carnival in November, which can last until March the following year.
Edinburgh’s new boss, Kevin Brown, referred to easyJet as a “key partner” in strengthening the capital’s link to “sun destinations and European cities.” The airport is also hoping that the new routes will bring tourists to Scotland. EasyJet called the additions a “testament to our continued commitment to Edinburgh.”