Edinburgh Airport lands new Warsaw service

Edinburgh Airport lands new Warsaw service

Edinburgh Airport is following on from another record year with a new Ryanair service connecting the Scottish capital to Warsaw.

The route could provide a major boost to Scottish businesses looking to break into the Polish market with Scottish exports to Poland worth £265m last year, making it the 24th most lucrative market for Scottish exporters.

It could also benefit Scotland’s education sector. Since Marie Curie, the Polish discoverer of radium, was given the Cameron Prize by Edinburgh University in 1931, there have been strong educational links between the two nations.

One Scottish company which actively exports to Poland is Glasgow-based Shearer Candles, the UK’s largest manufacturer of lifestyle, church and dining candles. The company broke into the market after securing a distributor to help supply its products across Europe.

Speaking to BQ, sales director Jeremy Lane praised the impact overseas distributors can have on small businesses looking to start exporting.

He said: “We have been selling overseas for nearly 40 years but more recently we have had a focussed effort on finding distributors.

“The reason is simple – you get other people selling your products which ratchets up your sales effort and inevitably results in incremental sales.”

Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s head of marketing, praised the new service. He said: “We are pleased to launch this new route from Edinburgh to Warsaw as part of our significantly expanded winter 2016 schedule, which includes six new winter services to Bologna, Bordeaux, Bratislava, Gran Canaria, Palma and Poznan.

“It will help deliver 2.5 million customers p.a. and support 1,900 jobs at Edinburgh Airport.”

The thrice weekly Warsaw service will take to the skies as part of the airliners increased winter 2016 schedule.