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Scotland fans offered surprise cut-price new flight direct to Munich



TARTAN Army stragglers have been offered a last-minute chance to reach Germany within hours of the big Euros kick-off next month.

EasyJet attracted criticism earlier this year when it priced flights from Edinburgh to Munich at a whisker under £1000.


A new direct flight from Edinburgh to Munich has been laid on ahead of Euro 2024Credit: Getty
Scotland fans will be buzzing with the news


Scotland fans will be buzzing with the newsCredit: Getty

On June 12, two days before Scotland open the championship against the host nation, the airline wanted £917 for a one-way ticket to Bavaria. Adding a bag for the aircraft hold took the final ticket price to almost four figures.

EasyJet said that’s what happens when big events occur under its ‘ladder’ system of escalating prices in line with demand.

Now, just over a month until kick-off, EasyJet have announced a last-minute addition to its flight programme, priced at ‘just’ £272.99.

The ‘red eye’ takes off from Edinburgh at 6.05am, arriving in Munich at 9.20am.

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That’s almost 12 hours before the game begins at the Allianz Arena, sufficient time for a sing-song, a bratwurst and a Stein of local ale.

Those without tickets for the stadium can soak up the atmosphere at the Olympic Park, where the match will be screened on a giant TV in the middle of a lake.

It’s thought as many as 100,000 fans could make the journey and the Foreign Office have warned supporters to be careful as German beer is stronger than at home.

However, the Tartan Army can expect a wunderbar welcome from police in Germany – thanks to a friendship pact struck 70 years ago.

Edinburgh’s city fathers reached out to Munich in an astonishing act of reconciliation in 1954, less than 10 years after the end of the Second World War.

Now, Munich police chiefs say that act of kindness – twinning the cities – will be rewarded in the treatment of the hordes of Scots planning to descend on southern Germany.

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Munich Police vice president Michael Dibowski said:”The Scottish fans are known for their willingness to travel, especially among the non ticket-holders.

“The Scottish fans have also shown themeslves to be sociable and party-loving in the past.”

Herr Dibowski said the fact that Steve Clarke’s men are the opening opposition for the hosts makes the tie “even more attractive”.

However, while officers will be encouraged to happily mingle and pose for selfies with fans, he said they would ‘not look away’ if things got out of hand.

He added: “We are looking forward to an extensive but hopefully peaceful event – helped by the background of the city partnership between Munich and Edinburgh.

“Of course, we appeal to the common sense of the Tartan Army and hope that alcohol will be consumed responsibly.

“Excessive alcohol consumption is easy to see things turn abusive, despite the celebratory mood.

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“So we will not look away when it comes to crimes or other disorders. We are looking forward to a peaceful football festival in Munich.”

A spokesperson for EasyJet said:”We are pleased to have been able to put an additional flight from Edinburgh to Munich on sale, which provides convenient connectivity for any fans travelling to Euro 2024, and we always advise customers to book early to get the best fares.”

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