An airline has underlined its commitment to Scotland by bolstering its services for next year.

Finnair is to increase flights from the United Kingdom including from one Scottish airport to Helsinki.

The flag carrier for Finland is increasing frequency between Edinburgh and the Finnish capital, with the only other UK airport included in next year's flights boost being Manchester.

The airline said the Edinburgh flights will also connect with flights to Northern Finland, Scandinavia and Japan.

It is increasing its flights from Edinburgh from four weekly to six, and upping its Manchester total from nine to 14.

The carrier, which has the government of Finland as its majority shareholder, said: "Finnair is adding more flights to the British Isles for the next winter season. Manchester will get five additional weekly frequencies, and Dublin and Edinburgh will both get two additional weekly frequencies.

"All these flights will connect seamlessly with Finnair’s flights to Northern Finland, Scandinavia and Japan."

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