Amsterdam-Inverness flights commence in May

Amsterdam-Inverness flights commence in May

KLM is to begin daily flights between Amsterdam’s hub Schiphol and Inverness, marking the airline’s 4th Scottish destination.

Commencing in May 2016, the airline will offer a number of connections to its worldwide network of over 150 destinations from Scotland, including Montreal, Beijing and Hong Kong. All flights will be operated by KLM Cityhopper, using Fokker 70 jet aircraft, carrying up to 80 passengers.

Fares start from £79 return in economy including all taxes, and will make international travel from the Highlands easier than ever before for businesses and business users alike.

The launch of the Inverness brings the total of Scottish airports served by KLM to 4, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, providing a choice of more than 100 weekly flights to Scottish passengers.

KLM’s decision to introduce services out of Inverness airport follows a strong business case put forward by the airport and our decision to position KLM as the key intercontinental airline for the regions. The research showed significant support for business and leisure sectors for the commencement of the route.

Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland regional partnerships director, said: “This daily service, flying directly into Inverness, is fantastic news for the Highlands. It not only links Inverness to one of the world's major aviation hubs - unlocking the potential for growth in our long-haul and emerging markets - but creates further opportunities for our European visitors, many of whom are repeat visitors, to fly directly to the north of Scotland.

“VisitScotland’s objective is to see our country connected into every global airline network and alliance, which is key to growing the visitor economy. This new service from KLM will further enhance the promotion of the Highlands as a must-visit destination where visitors can explore distinct and beautiful landscapes and discover the world-renowned North Coast 500 route."

Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay said: “This new Inverness-Amsterdam route from KLM is fantastic news, boosting connectivity to the Highlands and Scotland as a whole. By opening up a wide range of onward connections from Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, we offer Scottish businesses improved access to important global markets. I look forward to the new service taking off next year and wish HIAL and KLM every success.”