Glasgow has won Scotland’s first air route to Jamaica while Highlanders will see flights to Spain resume after seven years under Thomson/First Choice’s plans for 2017 announced today.
The Jamaica flights will operate weekly between 22 June and 13 July.
The UK’s biggest tour operator will also resume weekly flights from Glasgow to Cape Verde, islands off west Africa, between 4 May and 28 September after a gap of six years.
Thomson will restore Inverness to Majorca flights, which it operated until 2010, with services to Palma running for six weeks from 16 June next year.
Airport chiefs hope it will lead to more holiday routes from Inverness, whose current Mediterranean flights are limited to Italy, this year in September and October.
Glasgow Airport business development manager Paul White said: “We’re very excited that Thomson will be launching Scotland’s first direct flight to Jamaica from Glasgow next summer.
“Cape Verde is also a fantastic sun destination and we are confident both of these announcements will generate a great deal of interest.”
Previous Glasgow-Jamaica flights in 2010 were for cruise passengers only.
Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding more capacity from Glasgow Airport with the introduction of a new route to Sal, Cape Verde, and a seasonal route to Jamaica demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the local area.”
Inverness Airport general manager Graeme Bell said: “Thomson and First Choice are two of the biggest and best names in the holiday industry and we are delighted to welcome them to Inverness in summer 2017.
“Majorca is a fantastic addition to our holiday route network and the launch of these new flights means that holidaymakers looking to enjoy a summer break can now start their journey at Inverness Airport.
“In the longer term, we would hope this new route leads to further expansion by Thomson and First Choice and an even wider choice of holiday destinations from Inverness.”
Ms Switzer added: “We are committed to responding to all of our customers’ needs, which is why we have introduced this peak season route to one of our most popular destinations, Majorca.
“The addition of the route will give customers in the Highlands more flexibility when deciding on their 2017 summer holiday.”