KLM commenced service to its fourth Scottish destination on 17 May in the form of a daily service to Inverness. The carrier already serves Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Seen cutting the ribbon in the Scottish city are: Warner Rootliep, GM Air France KLM UK & Ireland; Barry ter Voert, SVP Air France KLM European Markets; and Inglis Lyon, MD of Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL). The Scottish airport also celebrated with a traditional route launch cake.
On 21 May, KLM started weekend services to Ibiza, an operation which will be gradually increased to daily by the summer peak. Roberto Llamas, Ibiza Airport Director (right) received the captain and the crew of the first flight at the boarding gate with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
- KLM launched services to its latest UK destination on 17 May when it commenced a daily operation between Amsterdam (AMS) and Inverness (INV). Services on the 806-kilometre city pair will be operated by KLM’s Fokker 70 fleet according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Commenting on the launch, Inglis Lyon, MD of Highlands and Islands Airports (HIAL), said: “This is not just another new route for Inverness. Instead, KLM’s daily flight connecting Inverness and Amsterdam represents a huge regional opportunity for improved levels of economic activity. Never before has the region enjoyed such rich opportunity to trade more, export further and engage with new customers throughout the globe. It is now up to Team Highland to reach out through Schiphol to convert new connections into deserved business success.” A second route was launched from Amsterdam by KLM this week, with the SkyTeam member inaugurating weekend service to Ibiza (IBZ) on 21 May. Operated on Saturdays and Sundays, the route will be flown on the carrier’s 737-700 fleet. Flights on the 1,514-kilometre airport pair will be increased to daily on 4 July, with the seasonal route running until 29 October. It should be noted that flights will reduce to weekend rotations again on 28 August. Flights to Inverness will face no direct competition, with Flybe withdrawing its operation on the route on 8 May. Ibiza services will face three incumbents, namely Transavia (11 times weekly), Vueling (thrice-weekly) and Corendon Dutch Airlines (weekly). See how Inverness and Ibiza airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.