The Scottish Government has backed the building of a third runway at Heathrow over an expansion at Gatwick.
Heathrow Airport bosses raised the prospect of more services to London from Aberdeen, Inverness and other Scottish airports yesterday.
The chief executive of Heathrow Airport has dubbed the new route with Inverness "use it or lose it".
The chief executive of Heathrow Airport declared Inverness his "favourite place to holiday" last night at a reception to mark the launch of the new route between the Highland capital and London.
SNP MP Drew Hendry will today host a reception at Westminster to celebrate the upcoming launch of the new Inverness-Heathrow route.
Expansion at Heathrow will create thousands of new jobs in the north and north-east, the airport's boss will tell MSPs at Holyrood today.
Heathrow bosses today pledged to cut passenger charges by more than a third to help safeguard vital air links to regional UK airports.