Loganair is to bring jets back into the sky for the first time in 30 years between Glasgow and Stornoway with the additional prospect of new European routes to and from the islands from next year.
The airline previously used jets between 1988 and 1990 and is due to take over at least two 50-seat jets from BMI Regional.
No foreign destinations have yet been announced but industry experts believe Brussels could fill a large gap in the Glasgow’s route network.
The airline’s sole European route travels between Inverness and Bergen in Norway and is operated using an aircraft from their sister carrier BMI.
Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles told a Glasgow Talks event organised by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce: “We will be flying our first jet in modern times. It will be a significant upgrade and enable us to go further afield.
“There are major European centres from Glasgow that are not currently served.”
He added: “It is a good opportunity for us to increase travel between Europe and the Highlands and islands for business and high-end tourism, using Glasgow as a hub.”