Extra flights strengthen links network that is vital for our successful, growing economy

Stewart Nicol, chief executive, Inverness Chamber of Commerce

Happy New Year. And for the thousands of business and leisure travellers using Inverness Airport, 2019 is ready to take off in a big way.

One of Inverness Chamber of Commerce’s first events of the new year will hear of the benefits of new services in and out of Inverness which will give passengers unprecedented connectivity to destinations across the globe.

Our business breakfast with Inverness Airport on 24 January will learn more about additional flights operated by British Airways and KLM which will bring fantastic new opportunities for people travelling to and from the Highlands.

The expansion of BA’s service between Inverness and Heathrow from 31 March 2019 has been widely heralded as a game changer. A twice-daily service on weekdays and three flights per day on Saturdays and Sundays will not only create an additional 83,500 seats to Inverness per year, the new schedule will also open up a host of onward connections to worldwide destinations.

Having been at the forefront of the campaign to re-introduce the Inverness-Heathrow service, Inverness Chamber is justifiably delighted at the route’s ongoing success and development.

We are equally excited by the growth of the KLM flights to Amsterdam. The success of the service, launched just over two years ago, has seen the introduction of bigger planes and now a third daily flight will be introduced in the summer.

These extra services give passengers more options for onward connections and, added to other air links serving the Highlands, will provide a very strong network which Inverness Chamber has consistently argued is vital for a successful, growing economy.

The teams at Inverness Airport and Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd deserve tremendous praise for the hard work it has taken to secure these additional routes and the results underline how important this ever-growing hub is to supporting businesses and communities across the region.