Scotland politics

Direct flights to Istanbul begin

The first flight from Istanbul lands at Edinburgh airport
Image caption The first flight from Istanbul landed at Edinburgh airport earlier

Edinburgh Airport has welcomed its inaugural flight from Turkish Airlines, linking the city with Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines - Europe's fourth largest carrier in terms of passengers - will operate four direct flights between the two capitals every week.

As well as creating a direct link, the route will offer connectivity to a range of global destinations.

Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said it was a significant development for the airport and city.

Infrastructure Secretary Alex Neil added: "I am delighted to welcome Turkish Airlines to Scotland.

"As one of the largest airlines in the world, the fact they have chosen to fly from Edinburgh is an indication of the quality and calibre of airline Scotland is attracting and a major success story in our drive to maximise the economic benefits which direct air connections bring."

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