Scotland’s regional airline has launched new routes between Inverness and the East Midlands.
The latest announcement by Loganair will see scheduled services begin between the two airports from September 2, providing six flights each week.
The one hour 35 minute flight will be operated by a 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft with services scheduled to depart Inverness at 12pm before making the return trip north at 2pm.
Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Loganair said: “I am extremely pleased to announce the expansion of our route map while also beginning passenger services from East Midlands Airport.
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“This convenient airlink will open up Scotland’s Highlands and Islands to passengers from the East Midlands, while linking one of England’s centres of manufacturing to Inverness in only 90 minutes.”
The new service will accommodate passengers seeking a short leisure break, long weekends and extended stays, giving them opportunity to explore surrounding cities including Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.
The 400-mile commute will also give passengers from the Midlands access to the airlines vast network across the Highlands and Islands.
Inverness Airport General Manager Graeme Bell said: “This is excellent news for Inverness and the Highlands as Loganair’s service will enable passengers to quickly access England’s industrial heartland developing business opportunities or exploring the considerable leisure options in Midlands and the nearby Peak District.
“It also makes our region more accessible to English visitors keen to discover all that the north of Scotland has to offer.”
The announcement marks the company’s first passenger flights from the region, adding to their existing freight services currently in operation from East Midland’s Airport.
Karen Smart, East Midlands Airport’s (EMA) managing director, added: “We’re delighted to welcome a new airline to EMA.
“This is fantastic news for passengers who will have new routes to choose from. This is also important for the region as it enhances the connectivity between the East Midlands, mainland Europe and Scotland.”
Inverness councillor Ian Brown welcomed the news, saying: “It’s definitely welcome. Obviously any new flights is good for the city and good for the Highlands.
“The journey to the central belt, it’s a long journey, so to have as many flights here, it keeps people off the A9 and A96. It’s very welcome and obviously it will bring a few extra jobs as well.”