AN AIRLINE is to double its flights to the US from a Scottish airport next month.

Chicago-based United Airlines is to increase its service between Newark Liberty International Airport and Edinburgh Airport to four flights a day.

The move comes in response to “demand for transatlantic travel to and from Scotland” at the country’s busiest airport.

The flights will operate on a Boeing 757-200 and United will maintain two flights twice a day year-round.

The airline said it is “excited to be adding a second daily service from Edinburgh to our hub at New York Newark”.

“This will provide greater travel choices to travellers across Scotland who will now benefit from four daily direct services from Edinburgh to the United States and beyond”, United added.

The airline continued: “From Edinburgh, our customers in Scotland will be able to connect to 151 cities across the Americas.”

Edinburgh Airport had signalled the plan to increase the number of flights earlier this year.

Aviation director at the airport Kate Sherry said the “additional service is great news for the airport as it provides even more connectivity to the US” during peak travel times.

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She added: “We know New York is a city that generates excitement for travel as well as its importance for business and trade, but this will also make inbound tourism that little bit easier by offering visitors to America another way to get here and see what Scotland has to offer.

“It shows the confidence United Airlines has in our airport and the strength of our relationship with each other as we continue to work together to grow their presence here and Scotland’s direct connectivity to the US.”