A new service offering direct Lufthansa flights between Dusseldorf and Inverness began at the weekend with passengers stepping off the inaugural run being given a traditional Scottish welcome of a piper and a taste of Scottish fare.
The once-a-week Saturday flight arrives in the Highland capital at 11.45am and leaves at 12.25pm and will operate until September 12.
The German market remains Scottish tourism's largest European market with an estimated 300,000 Germans visiting Scotland in 2008 and spending around £187million.
Lufthansa spokeswoman Marianne Sammann said, “We have introduced this service as a direct response to the demands of our passengers. The Scottish Highlands are becoming an increasingly popular destination for many German travellers, particularly those living in Dusseldorf, so this new link brings considerable economic opportunities to the local community.”
Inverness Airport manager Graeme Bell said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the airport, and in the current economic situation this new route will bring some financial stability to the tourism sector in the Highlands.”
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