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More Euro flights for capital
Edinburgh Airport
Duo chose Edinburgh for its strong business market
A new airline is set to offer flights to four more European cities direct from Edinburgh Airport.

Flights to Oslo, Geneva, Zurich and Milan are expected to start in October, all operated by airline Duo.

It has been able to establish the new routes after receiving money from the Scottish Executive's development fund, set up to increase the number of direct flights from Scotland.

Until now Duo has only operated flights for BA out of Birmingham Airport, but it said it will use its own name and livery when flying from Edinburgh.

Duo managers have described the firm as "not a typical budget airline" and said flights will be priced between low-cost and premium rates.

We believe we have found the recipe for success by offering passengers the best of both worlds - quality service and affordable fares
Peter Spencer

Peter Spencer, chief executive of Duo, said he wants to bridge the gap between the no-frills carriers and the scheduled operators.

"We believe we have found the recipe for success by offering passengers the best of both worlds - quality service and affordable fares," he said.

"There have been great changes in public perception of, and expectations from, the airline industry.

"But passengers have limited choice and we believe there is a gap in the market that we will fill."

'Stronger market'

Earlier this year, the executive set up a 6.5m development fund to encourage more airlines to fly to and from Scotland.

Duo will be the fourth airline to benefit from executive cash.

BMI and German Wings both announced new routes from Edinburgh earlier this year and Ryanair has added another two destinations from Prestwick Airport.

So far Glasgow has been unable to use the fund to attract new routes.

It is understood that Duo's decision to fly the routes from Edinburgh was based on the expectation that the capital has a stronger business market than its west coast rival.

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