Scottish government ministers and public sector workers are to fly with easyJet in a cost-saving travel deal.

The agreement between the budget airline and Expotel, the travel management company for the Scottish Government and a number of other public-sector bodies, will come into effect from December.

The carrier will offer low-cost flexible fares between Scotland and London for employees travelling on business.

Public-sector workers who can make use of the deal will include those employed by organisations such as NHS Scotland, the police force and local government, as well as MSPs.

EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “We believe this new deal will not only offer public-sector workers across Scotland easy and affordable travel but will also safeguard the taxpayers’ purse.”

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This is a tough economic climate and we are always looking for ways to cut down on necessary expenses such as travel. This deal between Expotel and easyJet will provide significant savings for public-sector organisations in Scotland.”

A Scottish government spokesman told The Scotsman newspaper: “Our priority has always been to ensure government travel is delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, which provides the best deal for taxpayers. Ministers can use easyJet as part of this new deal.”