British Airways is to increase the frequency of its Heathrow-Inverness service for the second time since the route was relaunched in 2016.
Flights initially started as a daily service in May 2016, before expanding to ten flights per week from March 2017.
The latest increase will see BA offer a total of 16 flights per week next summer (between March 31 and October 26, 2019), with a twice daily service on weekdays, and three flights per day on Saturdays and Sundays.
The winter 2019 schedules will then see the airline offer a double daily service each day of the week.
BA says that the changes will see it park an aircraft overnight at Inverness airport for the first time since flights were reinstated, meaning that business travellers “will be able to travel between the two cities, complete a full working day, and return home the very same day”.
Commenting on the news Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ Airport Manager in Inverness, said:
“We have been able to increase flights to Inverness because the airport is exempt from Air Passenger Duty. This outdated and unjustified tax stifles British Airways’ route development plans and costs the UK jobs and growth.
“Since we reintroduced the daily service between Inverness and Heathrow we have seen steady growth in passenger numbers at both ends of the route and this further expansion is testament to the support our partners at Inverness Airport and the people and business community of the highlands and islands have given us over the past two years.
“The new schedule will bring greater economic benefits to the region and the extra flights on Saturdays and Sundays will cater for the number of leisure passengers travelling to the highlands and islands during the summer months.”
Business Traveller has requested a full timetable of the new schedules, and will post it here when received.