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direct flights to Dubai start in October

The Emirates airline is to begin direct flights from Edinburgh Airport to Dubai from October, in a move predicted to greatly increase easy access to Mid-East destinations. Phone 01324-883305 to book your taxi to the airport.

The new year-round service will launch at the same time as Etihad’s Abu Dhabi route is ditched – and is claimed set to “maintain and strengthen” access from Scotland to key Mid-East destinations and beyond.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “The route enhances our connectivity to the Middle East and further afield as we access that long-haul network, giving us greater access and choice than ever before. “The service caters for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound, and will help our growth and international standing as a world class hub”.

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, commercial operations, West, said: “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 Dubai and Glasgow. “Edinburgh is a very popular leisure and business destination, and the new service will offer our customers from across our global network.