24 October 2012
Flybe and franchise partner, Loganair have co-ordinated their respective schedules to create new connections from I to Amsterdam via Inverness, while also providing onward connecting flights to destinations across the world from the Dutch hub.
Beginning on October 29, as part of the airline’s winter schedule, flights during the week will connect for both south and northbound passengers. The timetabling enhancements will give travellers in Orkney and Shetland more options for commuting to the mainland, as well as opening up increased potential for linking with European business partners.
Flybe will operate the week-day services between Inverness and Amsterdam using their Embraer 175 jet. The connecting schedule is:
Dep Arr Dep Arr
Mo/Tu/We/Th/Fr 0740 1500 1535 1920
Dep Arr Dep Arr
Mo/Tu/We/Th/Fr 0835 1500 1535 1825
Passengers will have a 2 hour 40 minute connection in Inverness before boarding the Flybe jet to Amsterdam, with a 1 hour 5 minute connection on the return before flying back to the islands with Loganair.
Phil Preston, chief operating officer at Loganair, said: “Our Amsterdam connection will be extremely popular amongst both business and leisure travellers from the Northern Isles, particularly when considering how attractive the Dutch city is as a destination.
“Schiphol airport offers an extended network of transfers across the world, which Loganair and Flybe customers will be able to take advantage of. Furthermore, Amsterdam has plenty to offer tourists as the city is steeped in culture.
“This coordination is yet another benefit for customers of the Loganair and Flybe franchise relationship.”
Flybe UK Managing Director, Andrew Strong adds: “Flybe is committed to ‘Making flying better’ for our passengers. This is a prime example of how, having listened carefully to the needs of our passengers, we have worked successfully with our franchise partner Loganair in facilitating a key benefit for our passengers and make possible such an important connection to and from one of the key aviation gateways of the world.”
Deborah Leggate from Promote Shetland said "We're always delighted to hear of any transport developments which make Shetland a more accessible destination so this is a welcome announcement from Loganair.
“Having improved connections with Europe through Amsterdam opens up many possibilities for visitors coming to Shetland or travelling onward from Shetland."
Councillor Jim Foubister, Vice Convenor of the Orkney Islands Council, said: “News of these improved connections will be well received by the people the Orkney Islands, and rightly so.
“The co-ordinated enhancement of these connections by both Loganair and Flybe will not only open up one of Europe’s greatest gateways to our people in Schiphol Airport, it will also offer visitors from the continent greater opportunity to discover our wonderful islands.
“Furthermore, the linkage will allow Orkney’s business community to develop networks and pursue avenues for trade which connectivity to Amsterdam will open up.”
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