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Flights to Edinburgh prove popular ahead of festival

More people are expected to book flights to Edinburgh this month as travellers head to the city's famous Fringe festival

More people are expected to book flights to Edinburgh this month as travellers head to the city’s famous Fringe festival.

Regional airline Flybe has reported a strong demand for flights to the Scottish capital this summer, with nearly 95,000 passengers expected to make the journey during August.

This is an eight percent increase from the same period in 2008.

Flybe chief commercial officer Mike Rutter said that the carrier’s flights to Edinburgh were also popular because of the onward connections to the Sheltand and Orkney Islands, which are offered by franchise partner Loganair.

"Our seasonal passenger numbers clearly indicate that people are determined to enjoy a UK summer and by seeking out the most convenient and affordable way to travel especially to the really big annual events such as the Edinburgh Festival," he commented.

Flybe offers 226 flights a day into and around Scotland in partnership with Loganair, with recent figures from the Civil Aviation Authority confirming that the airline was the UK’s largest domestic carrier.

Flybe said last month that more people were booking domestic flights to London from Yorkshire following the government’s takeover of the East Coast Mainline.

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