For readers away from the Highlands this news may not sound a big deal.

But for those who need to travel from or to Caithness, this link to Aberdeen will be a lifeline both within the UK and to the outside world.

Eastern Airways says it will ply the route up to twice daily on weekdays and Sundays from April 11.

This will include an early morning departure from Wick John O’Groats on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from April 25.

Flights will be operated by a J41 turbo-prop.

As might be expected the schedules are geared for travellers making connections (although the schedules are bound to suit some more than others).

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said:

“I welcome the announcement of the award of this contract which will see the restoration of important connectivity to Caithness.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting this service.”

As with a number of other vital routes Wick-Aberdeen is operated under a Public Service Obligation (PSO). The PSO will last for a period of three years. During this time it will be funded by £1 million from Transport Scotland and £300,000 per year from The Highland Council.

One-way fares start from £39.99 and will include 10 kg allowance for cabin and 15 kg for hold baggage (one piece).