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easyJet to add additional Inverness - London flights

1st July 2013 Print

easyJet has announced plans to enhance connections between Inverness and London from Spring 2014 as part of a new five year deal between the airline and Inverness Airport.

From spring 2014 easyJet will increase capacity between Inverness and London by almost 30% with the introduction of an early morning departure to Gatwick and an evening arrival from Gatwick. The additional services will promote travel to both cities by offering low fares, friendly service and a choice of three flights a day.

The new easyJet flights will launch in March and the full timetable will be announced later this summer. They will be operated by Airbus A319 156 seater planes.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said: “easyJet is pleased to confirm that it will introduce an early morning and evening flight between Inverness and London Gatwick as part of a new five year deal agreed with Inverness Airport. This deal demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to Inverness and the Highlands.

“The new early flight will allow business travellers to reach London in time for meetings while the evening departure from London enables them to travel home on the same day. The additional seats will also help boost tourism to the Highlands.

“In developing our plans for the future we have listened to all the points made by government and business leaders. Their enthusiasm to work with easyJet has been clear from the start and we hope this support will continue throughout the new five year partnership.”

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director of HIAL, which operates Inverness Airport, said: “I am delighted that we have reached agreement with easyJet on a deal which not only secures access between Inverness and London Gatwick, but also provides a platform for future growth at Inverness Airport.

“Our priority throughout our discussions with easyJet was to secure early morning and evening flights between Inverness and Gatwick and the agreement we have reached achieves those twin objectives. This announcement is a major vote of confidence in the Highland economy from one of Europe’s largest airlines and we look forward to working with easyJet, local businesses and the tourism sector to ensure the success of these new services.”

Last month easyJet confirmed it had signed a deal to purchase 25 additional slots at Gatwick airport from Flybe. This deal is subject to approval by Flybe shareholders. Since then easyJet has held a series of meetings with HIAL, Transport and Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP, Danny Alexander MP, Inverness Chamber of Commerce, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to understand their views on the future of services between Inverness and London.