Flybe plans to launch Inverness to Amsterdam flights
Direct flights between Inverness and Amsterdam could be up and running by next summer, according to airline Flybe.
It said it was close to concluding a deal with possible partners in the Netherlands for the venture.
Flybe said it hoped to make an official announcement as soon as November.
The company has posted new figures showing it was one of just three European airlines to keep making a profit through the recession.
Chief commercial officer Mike Rutter said Flybe was doing well and an Inverness to Amsterdam route would be an excellent addition to its services.