: Emirates has decided to launch daily flights between and Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh from October 1.
Edinburgh will become Emirates' second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June.
The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing B777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
"We're increasing our capacity to Scotland to meet growing demand, and by introducing a daily flight to Edinburgh, it will complement our current double daily flights between and Glasgow," said Hubert Frach, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West. "Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network, particularly from key inbound markets such as Asia and Australia, a direct option to the city via our hub. It will also be a more convenient point for travellers from the greater Edinburgh area, and beyond, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to travel with Emirates to and onward to destinations across our network."
The Scottish capital, with its Old Town and New Town both being UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the second most visited city in the UK by tourists. It is famed for its rich history, cultural and architectural attractions, gourmet food scene, as well as international festivals and cultural events. It was also the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature, while last year it was named by the European Union as the top city of its size in Europe for culture and creativity.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said, "We're delighted to welcome Emirates on board and further expand our international choice for the 13.4 million passengers who use Edinburgh Airport every year. This service will cater for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound."
Flight EK023 will depart daily at 09:55 and arrive in Edinburgh at 14:50, while the return flight, EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 20:15 and arrive in at 06:40 the next morning.
The arrival of the flight is conveniently timed for connecting to Emirates' services to popular outbound destinations for Scottish travellers, such as Bangkok, Lahore, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australian cities, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
The new service will also enable Emirates SkyCargo to offer up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, providing local businesses opportunities to increase popular exports such as salmon and whisky.