Calls have been made for more routes to be introduced at Dundee Airport after it emerged officials from the city council — a key backer of the facility — hardly use it.
A Tele investigation found that staff or councillors from the local authority have booked just three flights to or from the transport hub since 2014, despite efforts to encourage others to use the airport.
A total of 46 flights were booked by the council in that period, mainly for flights from Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Destinations included Dublin, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stornoway and Amsterdam — none of which can be accessed directly from Dundee, though some can be reached through onward connections.
But some bookings were even made for travel to London using other Scottish airports, despite Dundee having direct flights to London Stansted.
When funding for the Stansted link was extended for two years in March, then council leader Ken Guild said it played “an important role for business and leisure travellers” and that securing the route would offer the chance to attract other flights.
But no new routes have emerged since a link to Amsterdam collapsed last year just months after its launch when operator Flybe withdrew due to concerns over Dundee’s radar coverage.
Bailie Kevin Keenan, leader of the opposition Labour group on Dundee City Council, said the lack of bookings by the local authority showed more work was needed to attract new routes.
He said: “Personally I have used Dundee Airport as often as I could in the past three years. It is important that if we want Dundee Airport to thrive we need to use it as much as possible.
“It is especially important that as we promote the V&A and the Waterfront we encourage people to use Dundee Airport.
“If councillors and officers have not used it to any great extent over the past few years we should be calling on the council to sit down with operators Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) to discuss what routes are needed.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “We are continuing to work hard with our partners to secure more routes and destinations from Dundee Airport
“The Stansted link was secured for a further two years in March with the council committing £400,000.
“The city council is in ongoing discussions with HIAL and partners including Transport Scotland.
“We are also exploring opportunities through the Tay Cities Deal to assist in the promotion of Dundee Airport in the future.
“The majority of the flights booked by the city council are for destinations that are not served by Dundee Airport.”