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Inaugural Flight Represents Huge Regional Opportunity for Business Success

Press Release   •   May 17, 2016 15:00 BST

This morning (17.05.2016) Inverness Airport welcomed KLM’s Inaugural flight from Amsterdam. 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.

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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.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive at VisitScotland, said:

“We are delighted to welcome this daily service, which will fly directly into the heart of the Highlands from one of the world's major aviation hubs. Europe is our biggest international market with many visitors coming back, time and again, to explore our wonderful country. This new KLM service to Inverness offers further opportunities for repeat and first-time visitors to fly into the north of Scotland, where they can enjoy an adventurous drive along the North Coast 500, sample our national tipple on a whisky trail or take a stroll through the stunning landscapes."

Minister for Transport, Derek Mackay said:

“I’m delighted to see this new service between Inverness and Amsterdam get off the ground today.  By linking up with Schiphol, one of Europe's busiest hub airports, we continue to improve connectivity for the Highlands and Scotland as a whole.  Opening up a wide range of onward connections will offer Scottish businesses improved access to important global markets. It will also benefit our tourist industry by making it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences on offer in the Highlands.  I wish Inverness Airport and KLM every success with this service and have no doubt it will prove popular with travellers.”

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    About Inverness Airport:
  • Inverness Airport is a strategically significant gateway for the Highlands and Islands region and is a major economic driver for the Inner Moray Firth and wider Highland areas. Its future growth will play a vital role in making the region an attractive place in which to live, work and invest. Growth in air connectivity, both domestic and international, will also contribute towards sustainable communities and economic development.

    About Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

  • KLM flies via the multi-award winning hub, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The airport was voted Best European Airport by passengers at the 2013 Skytrax awards and at the Business Traveller Awards for the 15th consecutive year.
  • Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, and known as one of the most romantic and beautiful city break destinations in Europe. For art and culture fans, the city boasts a wide range of museums and cultural attractions, including the innovative Stedelijk Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum – which this year will celebrate the 125th anniversary of Amsterdam’s most famous artist.
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  • KLM is part of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group which was voted Business Airline of the Year 2012 at the Business Travel Awards.
  • KLM offers a choice of 17 departure points in the UK: Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Southampton. KLM provides UK passengers with seamless travel to a multitude of worldwide destinations from the convenience of their regional airport.
  • Voted Best Airline for Staff Service at the 2012 World Airline Awards, KLM offers passengers the opportunity to fly in Economy, Economy Comfort and World Business Class. Passengers can book online at www.klm.comas well as save time by checking in online up to one hour before departure.
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