From March 23, 2020, Eastern Airways will offer up to seven flights a week from Southampton to Belfast City Airport, which was a Flybe route formerly. The UK regional airline already commenced services from Southampton to Manchester and Newcastle last week, both initially at 11 flights a week along with a new route to Teesside International Airport in the north east of England with 11 flights a week.
Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘Adding a Belfast City service from Southampton Airport, along with our new Manchester and Newcastle services which we started here today, following Monday’s launch to Teesside, is a significant expansion with up to 70 departures a week in total. We are ensuring Southampton is reconnected to the regions throughout England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
‘Initially the Belfast City route will be daily and reconnects the south coast of England to Belfast for business and leisure, while inbound passengers have the London rail connection within the hour and access to the major cruise offering via the port. By providing six destinations from Southampton, frequency and additional destinations will continue to increase.’
Neil Garwood, Managing Director of Southampton Airport, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have reconnected our route network to Belfast with Eastern Airways.
‘Belfast has long been one of our most in-demand destinations, and importantly this will once again enable vital regional connectivity with Northern Ireland. We look forward to enhancing our route network further with Eastern Airways.’
For several years Eastern Airways has provided a Southampton to Leeds Bradford service with up to 15 flights a week, and from April 27 2020 the carrier will offer a Southampton link to Aberdeen via Teesside International. From Southampton, the airline now provides scheduled flights to Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Teesside International, Belfast City and Aberdeen.
The Humberside Airport-based carrier offers a network of routes from airports including Aberdeen, Alicante, Anglesey, Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Humberside, Isle of Man, Leeds Bradford, London City, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Teesside International and Wick John O’Groats. Flights are bookable at www.easternairways.com and the airline provides complimentary on-board refreshments and a minimum of 15kg of free hold baggage.