Ryanair plans to base two more aircraft at Edinburgh Airport this summer, bringing the total to 10.
The Irish low-cost carrier said the move represented an additional investment of $200 million as well as its biggest program at the airport to date.
Ryanair will operate 65 routes from Edinburgh with eight new destinations including Bari, Madrid, Marrakech and Paris.
The airline also called on the UK government to immediately abolish the Airport Passenger Tax (APD) to “ensure more growth and recovery in Edinburgh”.
Jason McGuinness, Chief Commercial Officer of Ryanair, said: “Efficient operations and competitive airport charges provide the foundation from which Ryanair can deliver long-term traffic growth and increased connectivity. We have worked closely with our partners at Edinburgh Airport to ensure this growth and improve services for those who live, work or wish to visit the area.
“Ryanair is now calling on the UK government to further support this recovery in traffic by removing APD altogether. The proposed 50% reduction for 2023 is too little, too late for a post-covid recovery, as APD puts UK airports in a very disadvantageous cost situation compared to their European competitors.
Gordon Dewer, CEO of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Ryanair’s continued expansion into Edinburgh is extremely encouraging and a huge sign of confidence in the Edinburgh market. Aviation will play an important role in the recovery of the Scottish and UK economies and being in a position where Ryanair offers more than before the pandemic is a very good place for us, especially when five of the aircraft based will be the quietest and most environment-friendly industry.