National tourism organisation, VisitScotland, and Dundee’s marketing campaign, One City Many Discoveries, have welcomed the start of a new international air route between Amsterdam and Dundee today (23 May).
The Flybe service, funded through the UK Government's £7 million Regional Air Connectivity fund, will run six times a week, linking Dundee to continental Europe for the first time.
Jim Clarkson, Regional Director at VisitScotland, said:
“We are excited to welcome this new year round service direct from Dundee to Amsterdam. The new air route from Flybe is a fantastic boost for the city and wider region, connecting Dundee and Angus with one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.
“Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport links and digital channels – giving us a louder voice within key markets. This new link between Dundee and Amsterdam will give more visitors the chance to discover everything that the city, and the surrounding area, has to offer.”
Councillor Will Dawson, Convenor of Dundee’s destination marketing campaign 'One City Many Discoveries' said:
“Our vision is to make Dundee one of the best cities in the UK for cultural short breaks and now is definitely the time for travellers to add Dundee to their hit list.
“The new service from Schiphol will bring visitors to Dundee airport, a mere 5 minutes’ drive from the city centre, where visitors can expect to enjoy our unique cultural experiences and attractions, try out our thriving independent bar and restaurant scene and delight in our waterfront positioning and coastal scenery.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the city to engage with new European and international visitors and we look forward to delivering an excellent customer experience.”
For background information see http://www.dundee.com/news/dundee-amsterdam-route-starts-today-uk-government-funding-boosts-city-economy.html
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