Officials have welcomed the first direct flight from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Dundee.

The new Flybe service, which operates six times a week, is Dundee airport’s first non-chartered international route.

It is the fourth route the regional carrier has taken up under the UK government’s £7 million regional air connectivity fund.

UK aviation minister Robert Goodwill said: “Improved links with Europe are absolutely vital for securing prosperity for people across the UK.

“This new route between Dundee and Amsterdam will boost connectivity and drive up investment.

“Regional airports like Dundee are vital engines for local economies, creating jobs and opportunities for the area.”

Inglis Lyon, managing director of Dundee airport operator Highlands and Islands Airports, said: “This new route is a great example of stakeholders and partners, governments and the local people, working together to secure investment and deliver essential connectivity.

“It brings an undisputed, exciting, pan-European feel to Dundee and the surrounding area.”

Dundee Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “The new service offers visitors from the continent a fresh and exciting way to reach Scotland, which of course generates opportunities for businesses here in Dundee to tap into new markets generated by that tourism and trade traffic.”