New flights to renew and reinforce business and cultural ties between Scotland and Bavaria
Edinburgh Airport, the City of Edinburgh Council and Visit Scotland have today (Thursday, 22 December) announced a new direct service between the Capital and Munich.
The five-times-weekly service by Eurowings is scheduled to take off on 31 March 2017 – offering an even greater choice of business and leisure links direct between Edinburgh and Europe.
Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive, Gordon Dewar said: “I am delighted that Edinburgh Airport has a direct new service into Bavaria; this offers even greater choice and is further confirmation of Edinburgh Airport’s position as a leader for connectivity between Scotland and the continent for both business and leisure passengers.
“We are well on course to have handled in excess of 12 million passengers by the end of the year and we are continuing to grow, create jobs and make a positive contribution for Scotland’s economy.”
Munich was Edinburgh’s first twin city in 1954 and officials say this new link reinforces and renews business and cultural ties between Bavaria and Scotland.
Cllr Gavin Barrie, economy convener, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Edinburgh. As well as being a great boost to the city’s economy, the new airline will further strengthen our existing links with Munich, the first international city to be twinned with Edinburgh in 1954. The airport plays an important part in increasing visitor numbers to Edinburgh and the new airline will benefit business links as well.”
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “VisitScotland plays a very important role in partnering airlines on innovative marketing programmes, helping to bring new and extended routes to Scotland’s network. We are delighted that Eurowings has introduced this new service from Munich, which will allow us to welcome even more visitors from one of Scotland’s biggest international markets.”