RYANAIR has announced the opening of a new route between Palma and Edinburgh. It is already scheduled to start flying to Dublin, Bournemouth and Shannon this year.

The low-cost airline will start operating the route from September 23 with three flights weekly. The company expects to transport an extra 40'000 passengers a year with the new route. The new route is one of 11 that the airline will operate from Edinburgh, its new base of operations.

Caitríona Beggan, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive with Ryanair, said the company had transported more than 300'000 passengers since it started operating from Palma a year ago. “We closed 2007 with more than 270'000 passengers on our new routes to Frankfurt, London, Dusseldorf, Bremen and Liverpool,” she said. “We hope that in 2008 we'll carry more than 400'000 passengers a year thanks to the five new routes announced in recent months.”