THREE Scottish airports have new connections to the UK’s largest air hub.
Regional airline Loganair has launched the new services, with the Shetland flights being a first for the airline.
Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles hailed the new services as a “game changer” for regional aviation and hopes they will help boost business and tourism in Tayside and the Northern Isles.
It will also help Scottish passengers from these areas reach international flight connections more easily.
Flights from Dundee, which used to be served London City departed for Heathrow for the first time in 40 years on Tuesday.
Mr Hinkles and Heathrow Director of Aviation Joanna Taso attended a special gate party in Terminal 2 today.
The airline welcomed passengers on board its inaugural flight to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland this morning for the 9.45am flight via Dundee.
Mr Hinkles said: “These routes take Loganair’s provision of regional connectivity to a new level and underscores our reputation as the UK’s largest regional airline.”
“Maintaining and improving regional connectivity is one of the most important levers of a high-performing economy. With these new routes we offer business connections from some of the most remote communities in the UK to the heart of London.
“We’ve also opened the door to improved tourism to places like Derry, Dundee, Shetland and Orkney, while giving all our passengers access to the incredible onward connections offered at Heathrow. It is truly a game changer for regional commercial aviation.”
dr Liz Cameron CBE, Director and Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said: “Giving the people and businesses of Shetland the opportunity to use their local airport for global flights for the first time will be a game changer.” New connections are crucial Importance to ensure the whole of Scotland can benefit from the 200+ global destinations that Heathrow has to offer.
“We look forward to working with Loganair and Heathrow to ensure the longevity of these routes and to maximize the investment, trade and tourism opportunities that improved connectivity can bring.”
Loganair also have flights between Derry, Northern Irelandto Heathrow.
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