Flybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline, reports that its popular Inverness to Amsterdam route, which celebrates its second anniversary today, has seen a 23% increase in passengers this summer (April to July) compared to the same period in 2012.And new data shows that passengers are increasingly using the service to connect via Amsterdam to destinations across the globe. The top connecting destinations in July were Zurich, Munich, New York (JFK) and Atlanta. Flybe’s Amsterdam service was launched on 5 September 2011 and offers daily access to one of Europe’s biggest hub airports. Thanks to the codeshare agreement between Flybe and KLM, passengers can now connect through Amsterdam to 150 destinations worldwide with the Dutch carrier.
Flybe UK MD Andrew Strong comments: “We’ve been very pleased with the route’s success to date and with the fact it has proved equally popular with business and leisure markets for both inbound and outbound flights. This shows that passengers from both countries are benefitting from this convenient and increasingly popular route.”
Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of Inverness Airport operator HIAL, added: “Two years on, Flybe’s Amsterdam service has become one of the flagship routes to and from the Highlands, and provides vital connectivity for the business community and the tourism industry, not least through Flybe’s partnership with KLM, which gives passengers access to a huge network of destinations.”
Flybe is set to launch its second international service from the Highlands later this year, with a new weekly flight to Geneva, Switzerland’s second city and gateway to the Alps. Flights will operate every Saturday from December 21 until 8 March 2014, using an 88- seat Embraer 175 jet aircraft.