Dutch airline KLM will operate more flights between Inverness and Amsterdam during the peak summer months of July and August.
KLM’s third Inverness service can now be booked on its website.
As reported by Luchtvaartnieuws.nl, Air France/KLM’s UK manager Benedicte Duval said, “As a result of strong passenger growth we decided to add a third daily flight in July and August, which means a capacity increase of 45 per cent compared to the same period last year.”
KLM already flies twice daily on the route, with services operated by its Cityhopper subsidiary.
Its third service will be flown by its mainline division using a larger Boeing 737-700. Currently both Cityhopper flights are rostered for smaller Embraer jets.
Timings for the third daily flight in July and August are:
Inverness-Amsterdam KL924 1210-1445
Amsterdam-Inverness KL923 1045-1125
As might be expected, KLM’s schedules between Inverness, Aberdeen and vice versa are aimed both at tourists visiting Scotland and travellers connecting at Schiphol to both short- and long-haul destinations.
Increasingly foreign carriers serving regional airports seek to attract international customers from British Airways, which is based at London.
This is doubtless one reason why BA has decided to strengthen its London-Inverness service in 2019.
While domestic services make little if any profit for BA, they do feed passengers onto its lucrative international network at London’s main airports.
See our UK domestic aviation feature in the February issue of Business Traveller.