A DELEGATION including civic leaders and travel agents flew from Inverness to London Heathrow in April to mark the inauguration of direct air service between the UK and Highland capitals.
They were accompanied by officials of British European Airways which introduced the daily service comprising a morning flight from London and returning in the evening.
Their Viscount plane flew at 307 miles per hour and at a maximum height of 1700ft, reaching London one hour and 45 minutes after take off. Previously, air passengers travelling to London had to go via Aberdeen.
The new service came amid predictions of a growth in air travel in the region. It was estimated that 65,000 passengers would use Inverness Airport that same year while industrial developments in the Moray Firth were expected to push the figure to 90,000 over the following three years.