LOW-COST carrier Norwegian has launched a new route from Edinburgh Airport to Barcelona.

The airline will operate two flights a week, on Wednesday and Saturdays, with one-way fares from £34.90.

The Catalan capital is Norwegian’s sixth destination from Edinburgh Airport, with existing services to Malaga, Tenerife, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.

The airline, which first began operating from Edinburgh in 2009, is also considering adding new transatlantic flights from the Scottish capital using state-of the-art aircraft such as the new Boeing 737 MAX.

Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer at Norwegian, said: “We have major expansions plans at Edinburgh as our affordable flights are continuing to be a huge draw for Scottish passengers. "Last year was our busiest ever at the airport with over 200,000 passengers flying with us and now holidaymakers can combine city, sun and sand with Norwegian’s new affordable flights to Barcelona.

"We are the only airline offering passengers high quality at a low cost with free Wi-Fi, brand new aircraft and a growing route network to the most sought after destinations and this is only set to continue at Edinburgh.”

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Norwegian has shown great ambition to expand here and they are a really strong cultural fit for Edinburgh Airport as we continue to deliver more routes and destinations than ever before.

“Edinburgh is one of the leading destinations in northern Europe and I am really confident that this new route will be very popular for business and tourism passengers in Barcelona and here in Scotland.”