Amsterdam flight creates huge Highland opportunity

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New KLM Flight to Schiphol Airport Amsterdam from Inverness. (front left) Warner Rootliep (General Manager of Air France KLM UK & Ireland), (front middle) Barry ter Voert (Senior vice president Air France KLM European Markets) and (front right) Inglis Lyon (Managing Director of HIAL).

Inverness Airport welcomed KLM’s Inaugural flight from Amsterdam earlier this week.

To celebrate the new route, the first flight from Schiphol, Amsterdam was greeted by a water cannon salute upon arrival. On board were Barry ter Voert, Senior Vice President, Air France KLM European Markets and Wilco Swejen, Director for Aviation Marketing, Schipol Airport.

Provost Helen Carmichael, The Highland Council, Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Highlands and Islands Aiports and Drew Hendry MP (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) met the delegation, officially welcoming the group to the Highlands.

Inverness Airport currently offers direct flights to 15 destinations. This daily flight connects Inverness to KLM’s award winning hub in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport. 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 the new generation of Embraer 175 jet aircraft, carrying up to 88 passengers.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Highlands and Islands Airports, said: “This is not just another new route for Inverness Airport. Instead KLM’s daily flight connecting Inverness and Amsterdam represents a huge regional opportunity for improved levels of economic activity. Never before has the region enjoyed such rich opportunity to trade more, export further and engage with new customers throughout the globe. It is now up to Team Highland to reach out through Schiphol to convert new connections into deserved business success.”

Warner Rootliep, General Manager AIR FRANCE KLM UK & Ireland said: “Demand from Scotland continues to grow which is why our Group has always invested in its Scottish network and local relationships with the region. Today we celebrate the introduction of the Inverness to Amsterdam Route and looking at the results of the route so far, I am confident we will make it a success. AIR FRANCE KLM’s Scottish offering will ensure that local businesses are better connected to key markets around the world and we are proud to provide North Scotland with connectivity to and from key worldwide destinations”

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