Dutch airline vote of confidence will help boost Moray tourism

KLM 'City Hopper' service will help boost tourism to Moray
KLM ‘City Hopper’ service will help boost tourism to Moray

HOLIDAY AND BUSINESS travellers in Moray and throughout the north east are set for another boost with a new route to Amsterdam set to be announced today.

Dutch airline KLM is the latest to give the thumbs-up to air travel from Inverness Airport with a new daily service to the Dutch city.  The flights using Fokker 70 ‘city hopper’ aircraft are expected to start from May 17 with incoming flights arriving each day at 10.25am with the return trip departing at 11am.

“We are delighted that Inverness is joining KLM’s extensive network and look forward to welcoming them to the Highlands to hear more about their exciting plans,” Inverness airport managing director Inglis Lyon said.

The new flights open up a high number of world travel options from Moray, further enhanced by plans to create a new rail link with the airport with a new station at Dalcross. KLM president Pieter Elbers said that they aim to develop their European network offering many more direct flights to and from Amsterdam.

He said: “I am proud to announce that we will add five more European destinations to our network, giving European travellers more options to explore the world.”

The new daily service has been warmly welcomed by the Moray Coast Tourism group, for whom a spokesman said: “This is more fantastic news for tourism in Moray, opening up another route to ease the way into our region.

“The development of the new station at Dalcross and improved rail links with Aberdeen airport, along with the addition of several new routes being added by airlines, bodes well for the future and the growing reputation of the Moray coast as a tourist destination.”