easyJet has a tartan plane to fly six times a day between London and the Highlands starting with an early morning flight, ensuring business travellers can be in London first thing in the morning and return the same day, with fares starting from £17.99 one way.
To mark the occasion easyJet created the orange ‘Highland aircraft’ tartan which is the first to be registered to an airline since records started in 2008. The easyJet tartan also features on a special edition Airbus A319 aircraft – named ‘Inverness’ – which will operate on easyJet routes across Europe to help promote the Highlands as a tourism destination.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s Head of Scotland, said: “Today we celebrate the long term future of flights between the Scottish Highlands and London. We know the addition of this early morning departure is crucial for businesses in the Highlands. The new schedule from Inverness to Gatwick will offer a day return for business travellers and easy, affordable fares to help boost tourism. It will be followed by four new Scottish routes this summer and in recognition of this we are proud to unveil a special edition tartan aircraft.”
Scott Armstrong, Visit Scotland Regional Director, said:“2014 really is an epic year for Scotland, with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and the second Year of Homecoming, and we are looking forward to giving a warm Highland welcome to even more visitors via this day return service between Inverness and London Gatwick. Not only will this service help to maintain good connections for visitors to Inverness and the Highlands, but the flights are key to the continued expansion of the region’s business community.”