US Airways is to make its debut at Edinburgh airport next year with a summer-only service to Philadelphia.

The airline, which is in the process of finalising a merger with American Airlines, is to operate a two-class 176-seat Boeing 757 aircraft on the route between May 23 and October 1, 2014.

The new daily service will complement the carrier’s existing services between Philadelphia and Heathrow, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Shannon.

Planning and marketing senior vice president Andrew Nocella said: “US Airways’ new non-stop service will offer travellers from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean a direct connection between the unique, historic cities of Edinburgh and Philadelphia.

“This is our first opportunity to serve Scotland’s capital from our Philadelphia gateway, and we look forward to strengthening our ability to help customers explore the British Isles.

Scottish transport minister Keith Brown said: “The announcement of a new link between Edinburgh and Philadelphia will bolster Scotland’s economy by supporting tourism, trade and investment, and also helps to strengthen our enduring relationship with the United States.”