New Scottish flights are to offer fast journey times to Oxford in a move that’s been welcomed by UK Aviation minister Robert Goodwill.
The new Linksair route from Edinburgh to Oxford will start in 2016 after chancellor George Osborne announced in last week’s Spending Review that 11 successful bidders had been awarded support from the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund (RACF).
It will be joined by a new Flybe route from Dundee to Amsterdam – signalling the first direct flight to the Netherlands from the Scottish city.
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 bidding competition was open to airports with fewer than five million passengers a year and to air routes not currently commercially viable today to be introduced early, giving time for airlines to build passenger numbers and deliver a more sustainable service.
Start-up funding of up to £7 million is being provided through RACF, which already supports strategic routes to London from Dundee and Newquay.
It’s anticipated that flights will start in the spring.