New air route to link Inverness and Amsterdam
A new service linking a Scottish airport with one of Europe's busiest airports will be launched later this year, it has been announced.
Airline Flybe will fly between Inverness and Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport from 5 September.
The announcement on the new route has been welcomed by MSP Fergus Ewing.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Highland Council, transport body Hitrans and VisitScotland have contributed funding to the service.
Flybe will operate seven flights a week during the summer months and six per week in winter.
Inglis Lyon, managing director of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (Hial), said the route would link Inverness with Europe's premier hub airport.
He added: "The proposed multi-billion investments in renewables, University of the Highlands and Islands developments and the thriving tourism markets gives this route even greater strategic significance."
Mike Rutter, Flybe's chief commercial officer, said the airline had been keen to open the route for many years.
He said: "We have every confidence that this new route will prove extremely successful in opening up the rest of the world through this key European hub and to further encourage business and leisure connections between these two destinations to Scottish travellers."