The move is part of their strategy to make sure Scottish customers can fly directly to their chosen destinations.
Thomson Cruises says it will also be operating its Cruise and Cruise & Stay programmes from Edinburgh Airport directly to Paphos to allow Scots to enjoy its new Winter 2015/16 itineraries, which include calls at Ashdod in Israel (for Jerusalem and Bethlehem) and Athens in Greece.
It says customers will have even greater access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels, such as the Thomson Couples Constantinou Bros Pioneer Beach Hotel in Paphos and the new Thomson Sensatori Aprohodite Hills – also in Cyprus – opening in May 2015.
Karen Switzer, director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding additional capacity from Edinburgh to the Canary Islands and Cyprus demonstrates our commitment to Edinburgh Airport and Scottish customers. We know that the existing flights from Edinburgh to these regions are popular and we expect many local customers to take advantage of these routes next year.
“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”
David Wilson, chief operating officer at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Thomson to offer our passengers even more choice of destinations they can fly to from Edinburgh.
“Thomson is a valued airline partner and a popular choice among our customers. The addition of new routes to Gran Canaria and Cyprus means that passengers can escape the cold Scottish weather and enjoy some winter sunshine.”