Qatar Airways is raising frequency between Edinburgh and Doha.

The airline will introduce an additional afternoon flight in April to cater for high Easter demand to give a double daily service on Mondays throughout the month.

Additional afternoon flights will also be introduced between July and October, bringing double daily services on three days of the week over the summer.

The flights will be operated by Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

 It will be the first time a long-haul carrier has operated double daily routes to the Middle East from the Scottish capital’s airport.

Edinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We are delighted to confirm this additional capacity with Qatar, which signals how strong this route to Doha is performing thanks to the connections the airport has and the quality of the service our passengers receive.

“It’s testament to the strong relationship we have with the airline and their confidence in the product Edinburgh and Scotland has, that they added this frequency. It’s a fantastic opportunity for both airport and airline and we’ll be working to ensure it is one we seize upon.”

The airline’s senior vice president, Europe, Sylvain Bosc, added: “Qatar Airways is proud to be supporting the growth of our partnership with Edinburgh airport.

“This great city has demonstrated itself to be an increasingly popular business and leisure destination for travellers from across the world.

“We are also seeing more passengers choosing Qatar Airways service from Edinburgh for the quality and comfort of their airport operation, and for the favourable connections that our global network of more than 160 destinations provides.”