Budget transatlantic flights in the pipeline for Edinburgh

Budget airline, Norwegian Air, has reached its one million passenger milestone at Edinburgh Airport and has today announced it is considering new low cost transatlantic flights from Edinburgh.

Norwegian began flying from Edinburgh Airport in 2009 and has now flown over one million passengers with services to six destinations in Scandinavia, Spain and the Mediterranean.

CEO Bjorn Kjos today outlined Norwegian’s ambitions for further new routes from Edinburgh, including the possibility of new transatlantic flights using state-of the-art new aircraft such as the new Boeing 737 MAX.

Bjorn Kjos said: “Since we started flying from Edinburgh in 2009, we have grown to 6 routes and have now carried over 1 million passengers - but this is only the beginning of our plans for expansion.

“Edinburgh will play an important role in our future UK growth and our long-term ambition is to deliver new, direct long-haul flights from Edinburgh.

“We will also be looking into how we can create new routes from Edinburgh to feed into our fast-growing global network at London Gatwick, which would further boost the choices available to Scottish passengers.

“The new fuel-efficient aircraft we have on order will make it possible to launch low-cost transatlantic routes from Edinburgh in future, creating affordable fares and more choice for business and leisure passengers in Scotland.”

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Bjørn and I are in Scotland today to make a basic but increasingly compelling case for more competition in the UK airports market to the long-term benefit of Scottish passengers and tourists.

 “Scotland is far less dependent on London than it ever was and having lived and worked in Scotland, I understand that Scots value choice and specifically the choice to fly from their local airport.”