BUDGET airline Ryanair is launching new direct flights between Edinburgh and Albania's capital Tirana. 

It comes as Ryanair announced on Thursday 200 weekly flights and 17 new routes to and from Albania through Tirana International Airport.

The Irish giant said it will begin operating the Edinburgh Airport to Tirana service in winter 2023, flying four times per week.

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Speaking from Tirana International Airport, Ryanair DAC’s chief executive, Eddie Wilson, said: “As Europe’s largest airline, we are delighted to announce 200 weekly Ryanair flights to/from Albania starting from winter '23.

"These initial 17 new routes will grant immediate access to key inbound tourism markets such as Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and the UK whilst also providing competitive fares and increased connectivity for Albanians who want to visit home, or friends and family abroad.

“We have worked closely with our partners here at Tirana airport to launch these 17 new routes and hope to strengthen the relationship over time as we work together to drive inbound tourism and connectivity to Albania.

"These routes will allow millions of visitors from major cities across Europe to experience the wonders of Albania, from the white sand beaches of the Albania Riviera to the historical architecture of Unesco site Gjirokastër, and lively nightlife in Tirana.”