launches Edinburgh route trio

Fiona Black, GM, Scotland and Jonathan Rayner Edinburgh Airport Head of Aero Business Development proudly show off the new route cake heralding the start of services from the Scottish airport to Tenerife South, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. The 189 passengers on the inaugural flight to Tenerife South were given exclusive vouchers for Siam Park and Loro Parque, two of the world’s top tourist attractions.

Down route on the island of Lanzarote there were also celebrations to mark the start of’s new Edinburgh service. Taking centre stage in proceedings were: Manuel Vinagre, Airport Director, Lanzarote Airport; the inaugural flight captain and two members of the crew; Jenny, member of’s Lanzarote staff; Hector Fernandez, MD, The Society for the Foreign Promotion of Lanzarote; and Antonio Medina, Station Manager, Lanzarote Airport. Entertainment was provided by the Parranda el Requinto de Lanzarote.

Gran Canaria also welcomed the start of flights from Edinburgh with this Scottish-themed cake. Heralding the arrival of the new operation were: Three representatives from Jet2Holidays; Alberto Martín, Airport Director, Gran Canaria Airport; María Inés Jiménez Martín, Tourism Counsellor Cabildo de Gran Canaria; Luis Miguel Molina González, Delegate of the Government in Gran Canaria; Irene Martín Morilla, Station Manager Gran Canaria; and a member of staff.

  •, the ninth largest carrier at Edinburgh (EDI) in terms of weekly seats (week commencing 12 February), has started three Spanish routes from the Scottish airport. First up on 12 February, was the twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service to Tenerife South (TFS), which will face competition from easyJet (thrice-weekly), Ryanair (three-weekly), Norwegian (twice-weekly) and Thomson Airways (twice-weekly). The second route to commence operations on 14 February was the weekly (Sundays) service to Lanzarote (ACE), which will face competition from Ryanair (twice-weekly) and Thomson Airways (weekly). The last of the new route trio to start flights was the weekly (Mondays) service to Gran Canaria (LPA), beginning on 15 February, which will face competition from Thomson Airways (weekly). All of the routes will be operated by the LCC’s 737-800 fleet. These new network points are three of 12 new destinations available from Edinburgh in 2016, with the remaining nine new sectors being Heraklion, Dalaman, Paphos, Rhodes, and Turin plus four routes exclusive to the airline from the airport, namely to Kefalonia, Larnaca, Vienna and Zakinthos. Jonathan Rayner, Edinburgh Airport’s Head of Aero Business Development, said:  “Credit to – it shares our aspirations for growth and recognises the value in connectivity to and from Scotland’s capital. Our 12 new destinations offer even greater choice to passengers than ever before and build on Edinburgh Airport’s reputation as ‘Where Scotland Meets the World’.” Steve Heapy, CEO said: “This is a massive year for us at Edinburgh Airport with huge expansion and investment. We are giving our customers from Eastern Scotland the best choice yet. With the addition of these 12 new routes, we are increasing the number of seats available by a massive 55% and giving local people 27 fantastic new destinations to visit.”


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