Virgin Atlantic will start running services between Heathrow, and Aberdeen and Edinburgh, after winning slots formerly owned by BMI.
The slots became available following British Airways’ takeover of the company earlier in 2012.
It could provide a great boost to businesses in the country, opening up more flexibility for meetings, business deals and investment talks for commercial finance in Scotland.
The move follows an announcement earlier this year by Virgin Atlantic of the intention to run a new route from Manchester to the London Airport. It is part of a major investment into the short-haul UK market.
Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive, Steve Ridgeway, said:
“This is the beginning of an exciting new era in Virgin Atlantic history and we now feel a responsibility to everyone that has supported us in this challenge.”
The announcement has been greeted with enthusiasm from the chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, and Holyrood.
Keith Brown, the Transport Minister for Scotland, said it was a great for passengers and the air industry alike:
“The detail will be worked out over the next couple of weeks but we are pleased that the European Commission has taken note of the need for both Edinburgh and Aberdeen to be served and that Virgin Atlantic will now be able to operate from two of Scotland’s most important cities.”
The timetable is to be finalised by the start of December, with the new routes scheduled to start operating by the end of March 2013.