Assurances sought on Inverness-Gatwick flights

Flybe aircraft Flybe's Gatwick take-off and landing slots are to be taken over by Easyjet next March

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Highland Council's leader has said that Easyjet has given him an encouraging response to his questions on the future of Inverness-Gatwick flights.

A three-times-a-day service operated by Flybe is in doubt following the airline's decision to sell all of its take-off and landing slots at Gatwick.

Easyjet, which also operates a Gatwick-Inverness service, is set to take over the slots next March in a £20m deal.

Drew Hendry now hopes to set up a meeting with Easyjet boss Hugh Aitken.

There have been concerns that Flybe's sell off will affect the frequency and timings of the Inverness-Gatwick connections.

Mr Hendry wrote to Easyjet. He said that in its response the airline said it was committed to maintaining its current level of service.

In a separate move on the issue, Labour MSP David Stewart said he hoped to raise the matter in the Scottish Parliament later.

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