Tayside and Central Scotland

New Amsterdam to Dundee air route takes off

Dundee flight
Image caption The flight was greeted by Oor Wullie sculptures as it landed in Dundee

The first direct flight from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Dundee has been officially welcomed

The new Flybe service, which operates six times a week, is Dundee Airport's first non-chartered international route.

The arriving Bombardier Q400 aircraft taxied through a water cannon arch before being greeted by an Oor Wullie guard of honour salute.

The service will offer outbound and return flights on weekdays and Sunday.

It is the fourth route Flybe has announced under the UK government's £7m regional air connectivity fund.

'Pan-European feel'

Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: "Seeing the aircraft coming in to land here knowing that it was the first scheduled flight to come to our city direct from a European destination sent a tingle up my spine.

"Its arrival marks a staging post on a journey that has already seen a huge amount of time and effort put in by many people in public and commercial bodies.

"The new service offers visitors from the continent a fresh and exciting way to reach Scotland, which of course generates opportunities for businesses here in Dundee to tap into new markets generated by that tourism and trade traffic."

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Dundee Airport operator HIAL, said: "This new route is a great example of stakeholders and partners, governments and the local people, working together to secure investment and deliver essential connectivity.

"It brings an undisputed, exciting, pan-European feel to Dundee and the surrounding area."

UK government Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: "Improved links with Europe are absolutely vital for securing prosperity for people across the UK.

"This new route between Dundee and Amsterdam will boost connectivity and drive up investment. Regional airports like Dundee are vital engines for local economies, creating jobs and opportunities for the area."

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