TRAVELLERS will soon be able to fly to Washington DC directly from Scotland.

United Airlines are set to launch a new service from Edinburgh to Dulles International Airport in the summer of next year.

It’s the first time the two cities will be directly connected, with daily capital to capital flights commencing from May 23.

The airline already operates between Edinburgh and New York and also Chicago.

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s chief executive said the new route was ‘fantastic news’.

He said: “As Scotland’s busiest airport, we are a leader for international destinations, and this demonstrates the confidence of US carriers in the Edinburgh market, standing ahead of other parts of the UK with such strong inbound tourism demand.

“Our partners at United have seen first-hand the positive impact of flights from Edinburgh to New York Newark and Chicago, and we are keen to replicate that to Washington for both a business and tourist audience.”

He added: “The Scottish economy will also benefit as we open up Edinburgh to a new market and as international passengers continue to soar, we will see a positive contribution to the local and national economy.”

Minister for Transport Humza Yousaf said: “The launch of a direct route into America’s capital city is great news for Scottish businesses, giving them better access to important US markets through United’s hub operation.

“It will also help support our tourism industry by making it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences Edinburgh, and Scotland as a whole, have to offer.”