British Airways will operate a double-daily service between Inverness and Heathrow on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is excellent news for Inverness and the highlands and islands as it strengthens one of the most important routes out of Inverness Airport.
"This important development significantly improved connectivity between the highland capital and the UK’s most important hub airport.
"BA’s commitment to Inverness and this route is most welcome and demonstrates the importance of the highland business community to their global network."
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