Edinburgh Airport has welcomed the announcement that Emirates will arrive into Edinburgh later this year with the launch of a service to Dubai.

The daily service will begin on the 1st October with the Boeing B777-300ER touching down in Edinburgh at 1450 before departing at 2015 and arriving in Dubai at 0640.

It will be a year-round service and maintains and strengthens Scotland’s links with the Middle East ahead of the departure of Etihad’s Abu Dhabi route.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “This is a fantastic announcement as we welcome another world-renowned airline to Edinburgh. 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. It also back fills the departure of Etihad even before that service ceases.”