Edinburgh airport hails ‘landmark’ easyJet deal

A “landmark” deal has been struck between easyJet and Edinburgh airport to boost passenger numbers.

The undisclosed agreement means that the budget airline will bring more than 15 million passengers to the Scottish capital’s airport over the next five years.

EasyJet announced earlier this year that it would be basing two additional aircraft at Edinburgh Airport, creating 160 jobs and providing links to Berlin, Hamburg, Reykjavik, Dubrovnik, Prague and Copenhagen from next March.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “This is a landmark deal for this airport and one that we have worked exceedingly hard with easyJet to land.

“Being an independent business, we can now bring commerciality and customer focus to bear that allows us to complete deals of this kind.”

The budget airline’s chief executive Carolyn McCall said: “As Scotland’s largest airline we carry almost three million passengers to and from Edinburgh every year.

“It’s vital we can work closely and effectively with Edinburgh airport to maintain this success and also to help us put our exciting expansion plans into place in 2013.

“We have been impressed with Edinburgh airport’s commitment to customer service and look forward to working closely with them over the next five years.”

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