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New flights link Scottish and US capitals

Edinburgh airportDirect flights are to operate for the first time between Edinburgh and Washington.  

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said the new service offered by United Airlines from next May was another sign of confidence in the city shown by airline operators.

“This is fantastic news for Edinburgh Airport and Scotland as we connect our two capital cities for the first time,” he said.

“As Scotland’s busiest airport, we are a leader for international destinations and this demonstrates the confidence of US carriers in the Edinburgh market, standing ahead of other parts of the UK with such strong inbound tourism demand. 

“Our partners at United have seen first-hand the positive impact of flights from Edinburgh to New York Newark and Chicago, and we are keen to replicate that to Washington for both a business and tourist audience.

“The Scottish economy will also benefit as we open up Edinburgh to a new market and as international passengers continue to soar, we will see a positive contribution to the local and national economy.”

Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: “This new service between Edinburgh and Washington DC will help to strengthen the important economic and cultural links between Scotland and the United States.

“The launch of a direct route into America’s capital city is great news for Scottish businesses, giving them better access to important US markets through United’s hub operation.  It will also help support our tourism industry by making it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, have to offer.”

The announcement follows news that for the second consecutive month, more than 1.4 million people passed through Edinburgh Airport. 

It was the busiest August on record for the airport and the second busiest month ever as 1,403,797 passed through. July 2017 the busiest month ever with 1,413,272 passengers.

Visitors from across the world and the rest of the UK flew in to experience the capital’s world famous festivals, with international visitors up 11.4% on the same month last year.

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