AN ANNOUNCEMENT THAT British Airways are to reinstate a regular service between Inverness Airport and Heathrow has been warmly welcomed in Moray.
Business and pleasure users from around the north have been calling for the restoration of flights to the main London terminal for several years, citing it as a key link from which they can reach customers in the South East and beyond.
While Easyjet provides services to Gatwick and Luton from the Highlands, it will be the first time Inverness has been linked to Heathrow since services were withdrawn in 1997.
Announcing that the new daily service will begin next year, British Airways head of customer service and operations in the UK, Denize McGregor, said: “We are very pleased to be starting our new service to Inverness.
“As the capital of the Highlands, Inverness has a strong and diverse economy and has developed into a major centre for life sciences, commercialisation and research.”
With plans well advanced to link Inverness Airport by rail to Moray the new service will be seen as another major improvement in travel links between the region and the south of England.
Moray’s MP Angus Robertson said: “The security of Inverness Airport’s services to London has long been an undercurrent of concern for businesses here in Moray and across the Highlands and Islands.
“Access to marketplaces is absolutely critical for our many exporting businesses and doing business often means going out to meet people face to face. To do that needs high quality transport links, including air links to London.
“Getting a Heathrow link from Inverness opens up a wide range of opportunities both for doing business in London and the South East of England, which are important marketplaces, and for getting a much wider range of onward connections.
“There is also a clear benefit for tourism with more opportunities for visitors to come into Moray via Inverness Airport.”