Norwegian is to create more than 130 crew and pilot jobs in Scotland as it prepares for continued growth at Edinburgh airport this year.

New routes include plans for low-cost transatlantic flights from Edinburgh to the US east coast which are expected to be announced in the coming weeks using new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The airline is to recruit 100 Scottish-based cabin crew and 30 pilots.

Chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl said: “Edinburgh is a central part of our UK growth plans and together with new aircraft and new flights, we are also creating new jobs in Scotland.

“We are looking for talented crew and pilots to join us in delivering our ambitious growth plans at Edinburgh airport. As an award-winning airline, with new aircraft and global expansion plans, this is a great opportunity for people to join us as we head into our busiest ever year.

“More jobs in the air will help also create more jobs on the ground and Norwegian’s plans for new flights into Edinburgh will help support tourism, business and hospitality opportunities in the UK’s second most visited city.

“We look forward to unveiling more about our Edinburgh expansion plans in the coming weeks.”

The airline currently operates flights from the Scottish capital on a network of six European routes – Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Barcelona, Tenerife and Malaga.

The announcement of new crew and pilot job vacancies in Edinburgh follows plans to create new crew bases in Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam, together with a further two bases in the US.