Flights to Inverness are on the up

In May 2016, flights to Inverness from Heathrow Airport were reinstated and have become a great success.

Flights to Inverness

A lovely view from Inverness Castle viewpoint

Daily flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Inverness Airport (INV) take just 1 hour 35 minutes making getting away to Inverness and the Scottish Highlands easy. British Airways, who relaunched this service said that two-thirds of the 75,000 passengers from the first year operating this route are international inbound visitors connecting from the USA and Europe.

Passenger numbers for flights into Scotland were up 15% for 2016, with Inverness Airport (recently expanded and upgraded) up 23.5%, showing what a popular destination Scotland and The Highlands are becoming. There’s no wonder that flights to Inverness are so popular, given the wonderful scenery like the image to the right.

Interconnecting Flights to Inverness

Research by VisitScotland has shown that Edinburgh has been the key arrival airport for Scotland, whilst most connection flights are via Heathrow airport.

  • Other connecting flights to Inverness are typically via Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham International, Luton or Belfast in the UK, also Dublin and Amsterdam outside of the UK.
  • Direct flights into Scotland arrive at Edinburgh Airport (56%), Glasgow (22%), Aberdeen International Airport (9%), Inverness (4%) or Prestwick (1%).

There are no direct interconnecting flights to Inverness from other Scottish Airports, so the connection is via train or bus/coach, or taxi. Edinburgh Airport is 150 miles from Inverness, which is about a three hour drive; Glasgow is about 20 miles and 20 minutes further away. Aberdeen Airport is 100 miles and two and a half hours drive away. Alternatively, the train journey to Inverness is: 3.5 hours from Edinburgh Airport (with one or two changes); 4.5 hours from Glasgow (with three or fours changes – not recommended!), 2 hours from Aberdeen Airport (direct from Dyce Rail Station, a two mile taxi ride from the airport).

Regular scheduled flights operate between Inverness and the following airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Heathrow, London Luton, Amsterdam, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Stornoway in the Western Isles, Kirkwall in Orkney and Sumburgh in Shetland, plus seasonal flights to Geneva.