British Airways is to expand its Inverness – Heathrow service from seven to ten flights a week from March next year.

The new schedule, which will see a 30% increase in capacity on the route, is the second major boost to the economy of the highlands and islands generated by British Airways, following on from the airline’s agreement with Scottish airline Loganair of an extended code share agreement, which came into effect at the beginning of September.

Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ manager at Inverness said, “We’re delighted to be able to offer our customers more flights from the highland capital, offering more seats on the route after a successful first 18 months operating the route.

“Our new schedule, which will come into operation at the beginning of the summer 2018 flying programme, will mean that on three days of the week, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays,  British Airways will offer customers a double daily service between the capital of the highlands and islands and London.

“We, and our partners at Inverness Airport and the business communities in Inverness and the highland region, have worked tirelessly to encourage business and leisure travellers to use the new route for the benefit of the businesses and individuals in the region.

“The increased frequency on the route is the result of that partnership and further demonstrates British Airways’ long-standing commitment to the highlands and islands of Scotland.”

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) said:

“We have worked closely with British Airways to further improve connectivity and the new schedule provides additional two-way connectivity with destinatons such as Atlanta, San Diego,  Phoenix, Berlin and Mexico City.

“We can also anticipate more than ten per cent additional inbound passengers to the highlands and islands to experience all the north of Scotland has to offer.”

Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce said, “This is excellent news for Inverness and the highlands and islands as it strengthens one of the most important routes out of Inverness Airport.

Flight times are:

WEDNESDAYS

HEATHROW - INVERNESS

BA1470       depart Heathrow 18.05

                    arrive Inverness   19.45

INVERNESS - HEATHROW

BA1471   depart Inverness 20.05

                arrive Heathrow 21.35  

 SATURDAYS

HEATHROW – INVERNESS

BA1470 depart Heathrow 1710

              Arrive Inverness  1850

INVERNESS - HEATHROW

BA1471    depart Inverness 1940

                 Arrive Heathrow 2115

 SUNDAYS

HEATHROW - INVERNESS

BA1470 depart Heathrow 1725

              Arrive Inverness 1905

INVERNESS – HEATHROW

BA1471 depart Inverness 2015

              Arrive Heathrow 2150

British Airways also fly to the following regional UK airports from London Heathrow; Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle.

THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON 18 DECEMBER AS INFORMATION PREVIOUSLY ADVISED INCORRECTLY THAT BIRMINGHAM WAS A SERVICE SERVED BY BRITISH AIRWAYS OUT OF LONDON HEATHROW.