Scotland business

Flybe starts new Scottish flights to Heathrow

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New regular flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to London Heathrow have been announced by Flybe.

The regional airline said it is the first time it will serve the largest London airport.

There will be four flights from Edinburgh on weekdays, and three from Aberdeen, starting on 26 March 2017.

The slots at Heathrow were made available to Flybe at the insistence of the European Commission, after the takeover of BMI.

Including weekend departures, there will be more than 40 scheduled flights from Edinburgh and Aberdeen to Heathrow each week.

Flybe Executive Chairman Simon Laffin said: "We are delighted to announce our first flights to London Heathrow, significantly enhancing our UK domestic route network and offering even better links between Scotland and London.

"The new routes to Heathrow complement the existing ones we operate to London City, and will benefit our business customers and customers in Scotland who want to connect with our long haul codeshare partners."

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye added: "Improving the connections into Heathrow from all around the UK will be vital in helping to secure the economic future of communities in every corner of the nation.

"Today's announcement shows that the measures we're introducing, such as the £10 reduction on domestic passenger charges, are already working to secure vital links."

He went on: "With Flybe based at Terminal 2, it also means new, unique direct access from Heathrow to markets such Colombia, Taipei and Auckland."

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