A toast to the new international route from Inverness: Flybe Manager Graham MacAskill; Flybe Cabin Crew Kirsty MacMillan and David Ralph; Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport Manager; and Scottish food writer Lady Clare MacDonald celebrated by sending food produce from all over the Highland region as a gift to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aviation marketing team. The first passengers to Amsterdam, Jan and Sigga Overmeer from Lochcarron, were then welcomed by Flybe Captain Paul Carter and cabin crew Danni Docherty.
Celebrity passenger on Flybe’s first flight: Nessie checked in for the inaugural flight to Inverness, near its Loch Ness home, at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
- Flybe launched its third route to Amsterdam (AMS) on 5 September after services from Southampton and Exeter. The British regional airline now flies six times weekly from Inverness (INV) in the Scottish Highlands with 78-seat Q400 aircraft. This is the third international route to and from Inverness after Helvetic’s Zurich route and Lufthansa’s services from Düsseldorf. Flybe’s new route has been served in the past, last by ScotAirways in 2001 and prior to that by KLM UK in 1997-1998. Flybe reports that the route already shows strong demand in both directions and that connecting itineraries that have performed particularly well are Stornoway to Amsterdam via Inverness and Stuttgart to Inverness via Amsterdam. Andrew Strong, Managing Director Flybe UK, commented: “The volume of bookings we have received to date is very promising and an early indication of the route’s success. The fact it has proved popular with both the business and leisure markets is particularly pleasing as it shows that passengers from both countries are benefitting from this convenient and affordable route in order to visit these fantastic destinations.”