The new route offers Scottish businesspeople increased opportunity to link up with business people in the cosmopolitan city, as well as boosting exporting prospects.
With a population of approximately 47 million Spain is one of the biggest consumer markets in the EU, and around 1 million British nationals are permanent or part-time residents.
Over 900 UK companies currently operate in Spain, with new UK investors including Dealz-Poundland, Stella McCartney and Jo Malone.
Benefits for Scottish businesses exporting to Spain include easier entry to Latin America, familiarity with British products and openness to them and an acceptance for English as the business language.
From 15 June, Norwegian’s brand new twice weekly flights to Barcelona jet off, with more than 15,000 seats available.
The Catalan capital becomes Norwegian’s sixth route from Edinburgh Airport, with the airline also considering new transatlantic flights from the airport.
Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer at Norwegian, said: “We have major expansions plans at Edinburgh as our affordable flights are continuing to be a huge draw for Scottish passengers.
“We are the only airline offering passengers high quality at a low cost with free Wi-Fi, brand new aircraft and a growing route network to the most sought after destinations and this is only set to continue at Edinburgh.”
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, added: “Norwegian has shown great ambition to expand here and they are a really strong cultural fit for Edinburgh Airport as we continue to deliver more routes and destinations than ever before.
“Edinburgh is one of the leading destinations in northern Europe and I am really confident that this new route will be very popular for business and tourism passengers in Barcelona and here in Scotland.”
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