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Flybe launches Dundee’s first overseas flights

Flybe contributedDundee is to get its first international air route. Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is launching year-round flights between the city and Amsterdam Schiphol.

This is the third route Flybe has announced under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new service between Dundee and Amsterdam, giving the Scottish city its first international route.

“Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and overseas destinations and opening up opportunities. That is why the UK Government is backing new regional air routes with £7m of funding to drive investment and boost growth across the country.”

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer added: “We are pleased to be the first airline to provide Dundee travellers with this crucial international air link. It  is a another example of our ongoing commitment to strengthening our position as the airline of choice for customers who have a need for travel but live in areas not well served by other airlines.”

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Dundee Airport operator HIAL, said: “This has been a priority target for Dundee Airport for some time and we are grateful to our partners Dundee City Council and Transport Scotland for their support, and to Flybe for showing confidence in Dundee.

“The new route offers business and leisure travellers fast, convenient links to hundreds of destinations worldwide and, crucially, creates new opportunities for inward investment and inbound tourism at an exciting time for the city.

“With the support of the people of Dundee and Tayside, I believe this route could be transformational for the city and its airport.”

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay added: “This is really exciting news for Dundee and I congratulate everyone involved with bringing this new high-profile service to the city.

“The link to Amsterdam will bring huge benefits to Scottish businesses by improving access to global markets. The announcement demonstrates a real confidence in Dundee Airport as well as the city, its catchment and all they have to offer.”

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