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Major expansion at Edinburgh Airport - new routes, additional capacity and extra aircraft

Published: Thu 07 Sep 2023 at 12:00

New Routes, Announcements and Jet2holidays have today responded to continued strong demand from holidaymakers in Scotland, by announcing significant expansion at Edinburgh Airport. This growth includes four new routes, extra summer and winter capacity, as well as an additional aircraft coming into operation for Summer 24. 

The UK’s largest tour operator and third largest airline have added a 7th based aircraft at Edinburgh Airport for Summer 24, enabling them to introduce two new routes for next summer. This gives customers and independent travel agents even more choice and flexibility when it comes to choosing some summer sunshine next year.  

The two new routes added for Summer 24 are as follows: 

  • Rome – new Monday and Friday services beginning from 8th March. 
  • Malta – new Wednesday services starting from 1st May. 

As well as summer demand, has also experienced strong demand for ski flights from local snow sports fans and has added new flights to Chambery from Edinburgh Airport for Winter 23/24 and Winter 24/25 in response. Chambery offers quick and easy access to world-famous ski resorts in France, including the Three Valleys. The popular ski areas of the Alpe d’Huez, Chamonix, La Plagne and Val d'Isère are also easily accessible from Chambery, providing memorable skiing whether you are a beginner or an expert. 

This coming winter, weekly Saturday services will operate to Chambery between 10th February and 6th April 2024. In Winter 24/25, Saturday services will operate from 21st December 2024. 

The good news does not stop there, as scheduled winter services and city breaks have also gone on sale to Prague from Edinburgh Airport for Winter 24/25 too. Services will operate to Prague from the airport from 3rd October 2024 to 27th March 2025, with up to two weekly services (Thursday and Sunday) operating during this time. With long-weekend and mid-week breaks available from Edinburgh Airport, the addition of this city break favourite offers fantastic choice and flexibility when it comes to visiting the Czech capital in winter.  

In addition to this, the strong demand the companies are seeing for flights and great value ATOL protected package holidays means the companies have also added thousands of extra seats for Summer 24 to over ten of their most popular destinations across the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia and Italy. 

The destinations where additional flights and holidays have been added (peak weekly departures from Edinburgh Airport in brackets following the increases) are: Lanzarote (5), Malaga (5), Antalya (6), Bodrum (2), Larnaca (2), Gran Canaria (3), Naples (2), Split (2), Tenerife (8), Verona (2) and Zante (3). 

This expansion means that and Jet2holidays will now operate up to 96 weekly flights during peak periods to 32 destinations from Edinburgh Airport in Summer 24, meaning unrivalled choice for holidaymakers departing from the airport. With nearly one million seats now on sale from Edinburgh Airport in Summer 24, this represents a capacity increase of more than 20% compared to Summer 23.  

With Winter Sun also proving popular from Edinburgh Airport, today’s expansion sees and Jet2holidays add capacity to Lanzarote, Alicante, Antalya, Fuerteventura and Tenerife for Winter 23/24 and to Alicante, Madeira, Fuerteventura and Tenerife and for Winter 24/25. In addition, the companies will operate services to Malta in Winter 24/25, which is a continuation of their summer services.  

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: “Today’s announcement represents a significant investment at Edinburgh Airport and means we are massively expanding our Summer and Winter programmes. We are looking forward to our biggest ever Summer 24 from Edinburgh Airport, and this huge expansion to our programme is a demonstration of our continued commitment to investing in our operations at the base ahead of it.” 

He added: “The demand we are seeing from customers and independent travel agents remains strong, so we have responded by expanding our operations at Edinburgh Airport with new routes, extra capacity and an additional 7th based aircraft for Summer 24. As a result, we are giving holidaymakers in the region even more choice to get away on our award-winning package holidays and flights whether that is in the summer or the winter.” 

Kate Sherry, Chief Commercial Officer (Aero) at Edinburgh Airport said: “It’s always good news when we expand choice for our passengers, so having more destinations to jet to with next summer will allow people to already start thinking about that special holiday. 

“We know there’s a strong market in Edinburgh and the addition of an extra based aircraft for summer 2024 is a real show of commitment from in Scotland’s capital and to delivering seamless travel and more opportunities to explore.” 

Key Summer Sun facts for 2024 from Edinburgh Airport include: 

  • 32 sun and city destinations on sale (peak number of flights per week in brackets). 
  • Includes TWO NEW ROUTES – Rome (2) and Malta (1). 
  • Other destinations on sale are: Antalya (6), Bodrum (2), Dalaman (5), Izmir (1), Tenerife (8), Lanzarote (5), Fuerteventura (2), Gran Canaria (3), Reus (2), Alicante (5), Malaga (5), Palma (Majorca) (9), Ibiza (4), Menorca (2), Faro (Algarve) (7), Madeira (1), Crete (Heraklion) (2), Corfu (2), Santorini (1), Kos (2), Preveza (1), Rhodes (2), Halkidiki (1), Zante (3), Larnaca (2), Paphos (2), Naples (2), Verona (2), Dubrovnik (2), Split (2) 
  • Up to 96 departing weekly flights during peak periods. 
  • A 7th based aircraft coming into operation for Summer 24. 

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