Benbecula man to go Dutch

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a Benbecula man is going Dutch after landing a pair of return flights to Amsterdam in a Flybe competition.

Tom McLaughlan scooped flights from Inverness to Amsterdam after entering its launch competition in September.

The competition, run in partnership between Inverness Airport and Flybe, was set up to mark the brand new route which bolsters Inverness as the Highland gateway for worldwide travel as passengers can travel to Schiphol to access over 300 worldwide destinations. This route also offers the opportunity for short breaks to Amsterdam.

Mr McLaughlan said: “I first heard of the new route and competition as a regular ‘logger-on’ to the HIAL website. I thought I’d give it a try and so entered the competition via the HIAL website where we had to spot the dutch cheese and were delighted to find out we were winners.

“It’s great that Inverness is offering this route as it offers easy access to the rest of Europe, as well opening up the North of Scotland to tourists and business people alike. My wife and I are really looking forward to returning to Amsterdam which is one of my favourite European cities.”

Graeme Bell, Airport Manager at Inverness added: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer our customers the option to fly to such important international hubs - may this be for business or pleasure. The ability to access such destinations from Inverness is fantastic and many don’t realise that it takes less than two-hours from Inverness to Amsterdam.

“We extend our congratulations to Mr McLaughlan and we look forward to welcoming him and his wife on the flight soon.”

The Inverness to Schiphol service provides seven flights per week during the summer months, with fewer flights during the winter months. Services will depart Inverness at 13.05hrs, arriving at Amsterdam at 16.05hrs. Return flights from Amsterdam will depart at 16.30hrs, arriving in Inverness at 17.30hrs. Bookings can be made from £35 one way via HIAL or Flybe.