Flybe are offering up to four flights a day from Edinburgh, while Inverness and Aberdeen will cater for two flights a day depending on demand.
The outgoing First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, during the official launch in London, said it was an “exciting” time for Scottish aviation: “We have long stressed the economic benefits of improving Scotland’s connectivity, so these services will no doubt be welcomed by companies in the central belt, the north east and the Highlands who are looking to do business in London and further afield.
"The flights will also provide a real boost for our tourism industry, making it easier for visitors to travel north and get a taste of the wonderful experiences on offer in and around all three cities.
We could attract more flights to Scotland by cutting rates of Air Passenger Duty, something that we don’t currently have the power to do but which has wide support in the aviation industry.
“We congratulate all three of our airports and Flybe on this achievement, and we will continue to support efforts to grow the number of routes to and from Scotland in the future.”
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