Wizz Air has announced plans to set up a new base at Edinburgh airport and launch flights to four eastern European destinations.
In December, Wizz will begin flying to Warsaw and Gdansk in Poland, Hungarian capital Budapest and Romanian capital Bucharest from Edinburgh.
Four-times weekly flights to Warsaw, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will get under way 18 December, with fares from £16.99 (one-way).
Meanwhile, three-times weekly flights to Gdansk and Budapest, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, will launch on 19 December and 21 December respectively. Gdansk flights lead in from £16.99 and Budapest from £21.99.
Finally, twice-weekly flights to Bucharest on Tuesdays and Saturdays will also launch on 23 December, with seats from £29.99.
Wizz says the additions will add 250,000 seats to its existing operations in Scotland, where it currently flies from Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice, and from Aberdeen to Gdansk.
The carrier said the move would also create more than 180 indirect jobs in the Edinburgh area.
It extends Wizz’s route UK route network to 102 across 27 countries.
Owain Jones, Wizz Air UK managing director, said the routes would connect Scotland with some of central and eastern Europe’s “most dynamic cities”.
“Offering unique cultural, architectural, gastronomic and nightlife experiences, our customers travelling to Budapest, Bucharest, Gdansk and Warsaw will also enjoy fantastic value for money.”
Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh airport chief executive, added: “We know there is a large Polish diaspora within our neighbouring communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but we also know people in Scotland have a thirst for travel, so having Wizz onboard at Edinburgh is very exciting for us.”