Direct flights from Inverness Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport restart today (Tuesday May 3) after an almost 20-year gap with the introduction of a daily service to Heathrow Airport by British Airways. 

This comes on top of enhanced easyjet services from Inverness to London Gatwick and London Luton airports. 

The British Airways will fly every day to and from Inverness using London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 with ticket prices starting from £38 each-way. 

A few weeks ago, a major plan to expand and upgrade Inverness Airport began as the Highland terminal gears up for what could be its busiest year ever. 

With KLM flying daily to Amsterdam Schiphol from May, and easyJet expanding services to London Luton and Gatwick this summer, airport operator HIAL is investing £900,000 to expand and upgrade the terminal building. 

The investment is creating a new standalone international arrivals hall, which will house Border Force and international baggage reclaim facilities, built alongside the main terminal and linked by a covered walkway. 

The new international arrivals facility, planned to open later this month, will free up capacity in the main terminal where the existing airside departure lounge is being extended and reconfigured to provide seating capacity for an additional 150 passengers and four new retail and catering units, including a duty free store and coffee shop.

Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport General Manager, said earlier: “Inverness Airport has enjoyed a sustained period of growth during 2015 and our forecasts show that 2016 could well be our busiest year ever.  This is a direct result of our success in securing new services such as Amsterdam and London Heathrow , and our efforts to grow existing hub routes such as London Gatwick and Manchester.  Over the past five years, the airport has attracted new services to Amsterdam, Dublin, Geneva and Zurich, boosting the number of international passengers from 4,205 in 2010 to 37,450 in 2015, an eightfold increase.

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