|9 November 2015|

Flights between the highland capital and Amsterdam’s Schiphol international airport will take off next summer.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced the daily service connecting Inverness to the Dutch capital will commence from 17 May 2016. This boost to connectivity is good news for Scottish industry and opens up new markets for the tourism sector.

Scotland’s Minister for Transport and Islands, Derek Mackay said: “This new Inverness-Amsterdam route from KLM is fantastic news, boosting connectivity to the Highlands and Scotland as a whole. By opening up a wide range of onward connections from Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, we offer Scottish businesses improved access to important global markets. This link also makes it even easier for visitors to get a taste of the fantastic experiences on offer in the Highlands, which is welcome news for the tourism industry.”

Labelled as being “synonymous with innovation” by Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, KLM now serves four Scottish airports including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

And visitors to Schiphol will be assisted in their travels by KLM’s robot, ‘Spencer’ who is currently being trialled helping passengers find their way from one gate to another at the busy airport.

“The advent of robotics is, strategically, an important development, for which we have prepared and which we want to test. KLM is of the opinion that robotics will have a growing impact on air transport in the coming years. We are testing technology in several areas, to assess if and how robotics would augment our processes. These developments are wholly in line with KLM’s objectives with regard to innovation, as one of the cornerstones of strategy. At KLM, the chief purpose of robotics will probably be to offers staff and customers even better support, using innovative technology,” said KLM’s Michel Pozas, vice president Customer Innovation & Care AFKL