British Airways will expand its service between Heathrow and Inverness for summer 2019.

The airline will operate two daily return services from Monday to Friday and three return services at weekends, starting from March 31, 2019.

This will increase the number of weekly flights between the two cities from ten to 16 during the summer months.

The winter flying programme will double from seven to 14 return services a week, with a double-daily schedule every day of the week from October 27, 2019.

Airport bosses dubbed the extra routes a ‘game changer’ for Inverness and the Highlands and Islands.

Phyllis Stuart, British Airways’ airport manager in Inverness, said: “We have been able to increase flights to Inverness because the airport is exempt from Air Passenger Duty. This outdated and unjustified tax stifles British Airways’ route development plans and costs the UK jobs and growth.

“The new schedule will bring greater economic benefits to the region and the extra flights on Saturdays and Sundays will cater for the number of leisure passengers travelling to the highlands and islands during the summer months.”

Each-way fares start from £115 in Club Europe and £34 in Euro Traveller.