Edinburgh airport to invest £15m to win new routes

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EDINBURGH airport will today launch a drive to win new routes against other Scottish airports by unveiling the country’s biggest yet “war chest” of its type.

Scotland’s busiest airport is to spent £15 million over the next year on securing more links, which it hopes will include a long-sought Middle Eastern route.

The launch of the route development fund comes a month after Edinburgh lost Lufthansa’s Dusseldorf route to rival Glasgow.

Glasgow last year also secured a second daily Emirates flight to Dubai – a key hub linking Scotland with Asia and Australia.

Edinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We are hungry for more success, and will work hard to take business from other airports.” But the airport said this meant new, not existing routes.