Easyjet creates 60 jobs at Edinburgh Airport

Easyjet tail fins The new Airbus A320 is expected to increase capacity at Edinburgh by 300,000 seats a year.

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Budget airline Easyjet is to create 60 jobs with the introduction of a fifth aircraft at Edinburgh Airport.

The new Airbus A320 is expected to increase the airline's Edinburgh capacity by 300,000 seats a year.

The company is also to replace one of its four Glasgow aircraft with a 180-seat Airbus A320, the biggest in its fleet.

The move will enable the company to carry an additional 40,000 passengers per year.

The expansion, together with the recently announced Aberdeen to London Gatwick route, means Easyjet will increase its capacity this summer to and from Scotland by nearly 9% year-on-year - the equivalent of more than three million seats.

The company is also introducing flights to Athens - a first for Scotland - as well as new routes to Grenoble and Tenerife from September.

Easyjet, which employees 306 people in Scotland, claims it now carries more passengers than any other airline in Scotland.

Investment in Edinburgh

Carolyn McCall, Easyjet's chief executive, said: "Easyjet is delighted to announce these exciting expansion plans.

"Easyjet is committed to Scotland and this additional capacity will benefit the business community and leisure travellers as well as bringing even more visitors to Scotland."

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Easyjet's continued commitment to Scotland through increased investment will go even further in strengthening Edinburgh and Scotland's economic position.

"The provision of a fifth plane for Edinburgh, a bigger aircraft in Glasgow and the opening up of these new routes will not only create 60 new jobs but will also contribute towards longer-term economic growth."

Kevin Brown, managing director at Edinburgh Airport, said: "Today's announcement is not only an investment in Edinburgh Airport, but in Edinburgh itself."

He added: "More passengers pass through Edinburgh Airport with Easyjet than any other [airline] and it's pleasing that we're able to develop Edinburgh together in partnership."

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