New High­lands air link with Lon­don wel­comed

The Oban Times - - Business -

A NEW air link be­tween the High­lands and Lon­don has been wel­comed.

Bri­tish Air­ways an­nounced last week it would be in­tro­duc­ing a new ser­vice be­tween In­ver­ness and Heathrow, 18 years af­ter the air­line ter­mi­nated flights be­tween the two ci­ties. The daily flight joins the cur­rent EasyJet ser­vice be­tween In­ver­ness and Gatwick.

David Stew­art, High­lands and Is­lands MSP and Scot­tish spokesman for trans­port, said: ‘Bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity is badly needed across the High­lands and Is­lands. In par­tic­u­lar, we needed bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity with Lon­don. There is no doubt if we can pro­vide and sus­tain more fre­quent flights to Lon­don we can ben­e­fit from an in­crease in the tourism in­dus­try, busi­ness con­nec­tions will be im­proved and there will be much-im­proved trade routes, not to men­tion the pos­i­tive ef­fect for those wish­ing to pur­sue leisure ex­pe­ri­ences.’

High­land Coun­cil leader Mar­garet David­son also wel­comed the plans: ‘This is ex­cel­lent news for the econ­omy of the High­lands. It gives the sig­nal out to the rest of the world that it is easy to get to the High­lands.’

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