UK Aviation Minister at the Department for Transport [DFT], Robert Goodwill, has announced the welcome addition of new domestic and international routes from Scotland that will start in 2016 from Edinburgh and Dundee airports.
The Chancellor announced in last week’s Spending Review that eleven successful bidders across the UK had been awarded support from the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. The new Scottish flights will offer fast journey times to Oxford and also introduce a new route to Amsterdam for the first time.
Robert Goodwill said: ‘Edinburgh and Dundee airports are vital engines for Scotland’s economy, connecting the UK and creating opportunities. That is why the UK Government backs new Scottish air routes, with our investment benefiting hardworking people across the country.’
The start-up aid bidding competition was open to airports with fewer than five million passengers per year and allows air routes that are not currently commercially viable today to be introduced early, giving time for airlines to build passenger numbers and deliver a more sustainable service. It is anticipated that flights will begin from Spring 2016.
Start-up aid of up to £7 million is being provided through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund. The fund already supports strategic routes to London from Newquay and Dundee.
The successful bids for new Scottish air routes are:
- Dundee-Amsterdamh Flybe
- Edinburgh to Oxford – with Linksair