Dundee Airport has landed its first international route in the form of a new year-round service connecting the city directly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The new Flybe service, connecting Dundee to one of the continent’s most connected airports, will provide a major boost to Scottish business travellers.
The Netherlands is one of Scotland’s top export markets alongside the USA, Germany and France, and Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, believes it will provide a major boost to local businesses.
She said: “Amsterdam is a major European hub and link with Dundee would have tremendous tourism and business benefits for the city and the wider Tayside area.
“We congratulate everyone involved in bringing new international trading opportunities to Dundee through this new link.”
UK aviation minister, Robert Goodwill, added: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new service between Dundee and Amsterdam, giving the Scottish city its first international route.
“Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and overseas destinations and opening up opportunities.”
Ken Guild, leader of Dundee City Council hailed the benefits it will bring to businesses in the tourism sector on Tayside.
He said: “A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into bringing this exciting new route to Dundee Airport.
“I am sure that leisure and business travellers alike will be keen to use this link to one of Europe’s biggest hub airports either to connect with onward flights or to stay in the Netherlands.
“Equally it also offers visitors from the continent a new gateway to Scotland creating opportunities for businesses in Dundee to tap into that fresh market generated by tourism and trade traffic.”
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