Wizz Air to take off from Edinburgh airport with flights to four cities in eastern Europe.

The Hungarian budget carrier is to serve the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary and Bucharest in Romania.

Fares start at £16.99 one-way on the flights which start in December.

The new services will see an increase in capacity of 250,000 seats on Wizz Air’s Scottish routes in 2020, creating more than 180 jobs in the local Edinburgh area.

Wizz Air currently operates three routes from Scotland – Aberdeen to Gdansk, and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice.

The expansion means that the carrier now has 360,000 seats on sale on its Scottish routes, representing 240% growth year-on- year.

Edinburgh airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Wizz Air to Edinburgh and adding four new routes to the destinations map at Scotland’s busiest airport.

“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.

“Offering choice to our passengers is what we aim to do as it is that choice which enriches our knowledge of other countries and cultures while also taking Scotland to the world.

“Tourism plays such a crucial part in Scotland’s economy and it’s important that we look to broaden our horizons in the most sustainable way possible and demonstrate the fantastic offering that our country has.”