Thousands more finding it easier to fly to Moray events

THE GROWTH IN visitor numbers finding their way to Moray is being reflected in a large increase of passengers being handled through our nearest airport.

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) is reporting record-breaking figures with overall passenger numbers up by over 13% in the last quarter over all their airports.

The most significant increase is shown for Inverness, which saw in excess of 17% more passengers – much of that owed to such as Dutch operator KLM increasing the frequency of flight between Amsterdam and the Highland capital.

HIAL Managing Director Inglis Lyon said: “We are pleased to report that the overall passenger numbers continue to rise.

“This clearly illustrates the value of our services to the communities we serve and proves there is strong demand for ever greater connectivity to and from the Highlands and Islands.

“Our commitment is to continue to invest in our airports, and further develop our customer service as we attract new business and look to build upon these levels of growth.”

As well as the greater number of links with Holland, the airport has saw increased flights including a new service directly to Heathrow – both factors being seen as contributing to the economies of the Highlands in general, with overseas visitors to major Moray events now finding it very much easier to reach the region.