HOLIDAYS are taking off now Covid restrictions are easing and to meet soaring demand airlines have announced new routes and extra flights to popular destinations, meaning more choice for us all.

As more of us feel confident about going away again, international travel is starting to look like it did before the pandemic.


Fly and flop this summer to more holiday destinations thanks to new routes and more flights from Scotland.Credit: Getty
You can enjoy exotic Marrakesh thanks to a new non-stop flight from Edinburgh with Ryanair.


You can enjoy exotic Marrakesh thanks to a new non-stop flight from Edinburgh with Ryanair.Credit: Getty – Contributor

Budget airline Ryanair led the race for your holiday spend when they announced their biggest ever Edinburgh summer schedule, with over 250 weekly flights – 50 more than the pre-pandemic 2019 schedule.

They will fly to eight new destinations this summer – Bari in Italy; Cork, Ireland; Madrid and Santiago in Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Nimes and Paris, France and Palermo in Sicily – as well as popular hotspots in Greece, Spain, Italy and Croatia.

Edinburgh Airport’s CEO Gordon Dewar said: “Ryanair’s continued expansion at Edinburgh is extremely encouraging and is a huge show of confidence in the Edinburgh market.

“Aviation will play an important role in the recovery of the Scottish and UK economies and to be in a position where Ryanair are offering more than they did pre-pandemic is a very good place for us to be in.

“We know there’s a pent-up demand for travel and we want to offer choice to people, which is why we are looking to both retain and grow Edinburgh’s connectivity.” have also added more flights and holidays to Malaga and Alicante this April and May from Glasgow Airport after strong demand for spring and Easter holidays.

The tour operator said they have witnessed a surge in demand for late getaways, winter breaks and summer holidays.

They will launch an additional Thursday service to Malaga from April 7 and an extra Wednesday flight from April 6.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: “We are seeing sustained demand right across the board from Glasgow Airport, with customer confidence bouncing back strongly as international travel starts to look like normal again.

“We are seeing strong demand and we are responding to that quickly by adding more capacity where necessary, providing customers with even more choice and flexibility.

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“Spring and Easter are looking like extremely popular times to escape, and we anticipate there will be a huge getaway to the sun which is why we are adding more capacity to these fantastic destinations.”

easyJet also launched two new routes from Edinburgh – to Malaga in Spain and Rhodes in Greece.

The first flights will take off from May 2, with services to Malaga three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and to Rhodes twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer season

Paul Bixby, easyJet holidays Commercial Director, said: “After recent events we all need a holiday to look forward to, so we we’re pleased that even more of the UK can now enjoy easyJet holidays with the launch of new holidays to some of our favourite destinations.”


Hols giant TUI has also announced an expansion of its holiday programme for this summer from Glasgow with increased frequency, with many destinations being served by three flights a week or more.

Flights to Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey will operate four times a week and flights to Mallorca four times a week.

For those looking to travel long haul, there will be two options available from Glasgow – Cancun and Orlando Melbourne International, the new Florida gateway for TUI customers.

Flights to Cancun will operate three times a week, increasing to four during peak summer holidays and flights to Florida will operate once weekly, increasing to three flights a week during peak summer holidays.

TUI will also increase flights to several destinations to offer 10 and 11 night holidays, including to Corfu, Paphos and Rhodes.

Richard Sofer, Commercial & Business Development Director at TUI said: “We’re delighted to expand our summer 2022 programme from Glasgow with increased flying to several destinations, providing even more flight options for our customers.”

Cancun's sun-drench beaches and coasts are within easy reach thanks to TUI flights from Glasgow


Cancun’s sun-drench beaches and coasts are within easy reach thanks to TUI flights from GlasgowCredit: Getty
Scots will be flocking to Florida thanks to new expanded flights from hols giant TUI


Scots will be flocking to Florida thanks to new expanded flights from hols giant TUICredit: Getty

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