Eastern Airways resumes flights to Aberdeen from Newcastle

Eastern Airways has resumed flights between Newcastle International Airport and Aberdeen Airport, offering connectivity for businesses in both the North East of England and Scotland, as well as other passengers looking to travel to Aberdeenshire or the Highlands.

The resumed schedule will see flights operating six days a week and give passengers a convenient way of travelling to the Scottish port city from the North East of England in under one hour.

Flights are on sale now from £84.99 one-way including a 15-kg hold bag at www.easternairways.com or with your local travel agent.

Roger Hage, General Manager, Eastern Airways, said: ‘We have served the North-East of England to Aberdeen for twenty years now and we welcome the return to our Newcastle base, restoring the North-East Scotland connection.

‘As passenger confidence and energy related activity increases, we want to ensure the right services are being offered. Eastern Airways is all about supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places. Ensuring the North-East’s main hub airport of Newcastle is connected to Aberdeen is part of our wider return adding further services at hubs we already serve and a crucial part of increasing connectivity and aiding economic recovery.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘The connection between Newcastle and Aberdeen is vital for the region’s economy and many businesses that operate in the offshore sector.

‘September marks twenty years since Eastern Airways began operating flights between the North East’s largest Airport and the city of Aberdeen. We are delighted that the airline has chosen to resume this important route which will benefit many businesses as they begin the road to recovery from the pandemic.

‘The airline has a number of robust safety measures in place, and along with our own Ten Point Plan we hope this will give passengers confidence that they will be safe when travelling.’

Mark Beveridge, Operations Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see Eastern Airways return to Aberdeen International Airport with its Newcastle service.

‘This route will be warmly welcomed by our passengers and adds to the routes that strengthen our connectivity in the north-east of Scotland. Bringing business back to the region with safe travel is a key priority but there remains a long road ahead for aviation in the UK and the thousands of people employed within our industry.’

Eastern Airways plans to launch Southampton – Dublin route

Eastern Airways has said that it will commence a new route from Southampton Airport to Dublin starting Monday August 17, 2020, as part of its expansion plans at the south coast of England airport.

Commencing with an initial daily round-trip, the frequency will increase quickly as demand increases following the relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions and return of business and leisure travel.

In addition to the new Southampton Airport – Dublin, Eastern Airways already offers services to Belfast City, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Teesside. As Covid-19 travel restrictions reduce, all routes will see increasing frequencies and the addition of weekend services.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘We are delighted to confirm a start date for the Southampton – Dublin route launch of 17 August, which is now bookable, as we restore this important trade and leisure link between the south coast of England and Ireland’s capital. We are beginning to help increase accessibility to Southampton as we have already reintroduced a number of other routes from the airport, increasing frequency and will also add further new services as we establish a five aircraft base.’

Steve Szalay, Operations Director for Southampton Airport, said: ‘Dublin has long been a destination in high demand by our passengers. We are delighted that Eastern Airways is opening this route from Southampton Airport, once again demonstrating how crucial regional airports are in providing vital connectivity across the UK.’

Eastern Airways said that Southampton-Manchester will return to twice-daily from August 3 and Southampton-Newcastle from September 7. Flights to Dublin start from £69 one-way and are bookable at www.easternairways.com. The airline provides complimentary on-board refreshments as part of the service, as well as a minimum of 15kg of free hold baggage plus carry-on baggage.

Eastern Airways announces second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay

Eastern Airways has said that it will be operating a second new route from Cornwall Airport Newquay to Leeds-Bradford from July.

The route will commence on July 9, 2020 and will operate daily, Monday to Friday. An additional Sunday service is due will be added from late July. The UK-regional airline had last Friday announced a three times weekly operation to Teesside International Airport. Flights are bookable now at www.easternairways.com.

Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented, ‘This announcement by Eastern Airways of a second new route to Cornwall Airport Newquay is fantastic news. It demonstrates a real vote of confidence in our region, and of the potential for domestic air travel to begin its recovery. With flights every weekday, the schedule will cater well for both business and leisure passengers.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘As a UK regional airline, our business is to connect the various business and tourism sectors which are vital to the economic recovery of the UK. We’re extremely pleased to serve Newquay re-establishing a link from Leeds Bradford as a time when UK travel begins to return for the summer peak. Our service will save valuable travel time connecting the Cornish coast with Yorkshire.’

The Cornwall – Yorkshire route has been a popular connection for several years and the reinstatement of the route will be particularly welcomed by many after the loss of the Flybe service when the company collapsed in March. Flights will take just over an hour, saving a road journey time of almost 7-hours, the airport said.

Eastern Airways announces new Newquay-Teesside route

Eastern Airways has said that it will operate a new route between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Teesside International Airport, commencing July 6, 2020.

The route will be operated up to three times per week, initially running on Mondays and Fridays, with an additional Sunday service added from later July. The new route marks a successful start in Cornwall Airport Newquay’s route network recovery after the impact of COVID-19 and the collapse of regional airline Flybe.

This latest route news follows the airline saying last week that it is resuming flying on a number of routes across the UK from 22 June. From Teesside, the airline will operate daily Monday to Friday services to Aberdeen and Belfast City from June 22, with the route running from the North East to London City commencing on July 6.

Pete Downes, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay, commented, ‘We’re delighted that Eastern Airways will be launching services between Cornwall Airport Newquay and Teesside this summer. Given the long distance and journey time of existing transport modes, improving air connectivity between Cornwall and the North of England is vitally important in supporting the recovery of our visitor economy and wider business community, not just as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, but over the long term. We look forward to working with Eastern to make the route a success.’

Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial and Operations, Eastern Airways added ‘As a UK regional airline we are all about connecting the various business and tourism sectors which are vital to the economic recovery of the UK, so delighted to take this first step in serving Newquay from the North-East of England when UK travel begins to return for the summer peak. This will offer a quick and easy Cornish staycation destination to our growing Teesside International network.’

As Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted, services will be carefully re-introduced with extensive cleaning measures on-board and throughout the airport. A full anti-bacterial wipe down of all touch points between every service operated and also a comprehensive aircraft night-stop sanitisation will be implemented. Initially Eastern Airways’ usual complimentary on-board service will be limited to ensure reduced customer contact, the airline noted.

Eastern Airways introduces new Aberdeen-Norwich Sunday service

Eastern Airways, a provider of flights to the most popular UK & European airports, has announced plans to offer non-stop flights between Norwich International Airport and Aberdeen on Sundays with a more convenient later departure time, Norwich Airport has said.

Starting September 14, 2014, the Sunday service will depart Norwich at 6.15 pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 7.35pm. From Aberdeen, Sunday flights will depart at 8pm, arriving in Norwich at 9.20pm. Lead-in fares start from £99 one way, including taxes and charges.

While the service will particularly benefit oil workers heading offshore early on a Monday morning and other business commuters, it is also expected to attract leisure travellers. The Sunday service is in addition to Eastern Airways’ year-round choice of weekday departures, with up to three flights a day from Norwich to Aberdeen.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: ‘We are always looking at opportunities to further improve services and we’re now in a position to provide a non-stop Sunday service, which will reduce journey times for Norwich customers and allows us to offer an improved later departure time to Aberdeen.’

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said: ‘Eastern Airways’ decision to operate a non-stop Aberdeen service from Norwich on a Sunday evening is very welcome, and further improves the connections that Norwich Airport can offer to the energy industry and travelling public in East Anglia.’

Additionally, scheduled passengers of Eastern Airways benefit from a fast track security channel at Aberdeen airport to avoid any queues at security search, enabling the airline to close check-in just 30 minutes before the departure time.

Eastern Airways also offers a newly refurbished business lounge at Aberdeen Airport for all its scheduled passengers. Complimentary drinks and snacks are offered on board the aircraft and there is no charge for check-in, baggage or choice of seat.

 

Eastern Airways to increase Southampton Aberdeen flights

Eastern Airways, an airline based at Humberside Airport, UK, is to increase the number of flights between Southampton Airport and Aberdeen, primarily for the benefit of off-shore oil workers.

The airline announced on its website that from 20 January 2014, it will increase scheduled services to Scotland’s major energy producing region from the south coast of England to two flights each weekday, Mondays to Thursdays, offering additional choice with morning and afternoon departures.

Weekday flights to Aberdeen will depart from Southampton at 8.20am and 4.05pm, arriving at 11am and 6.45pm respectively. Flights from Aberdeen will leave on weekdays at 8.40am and 3.30pm, landing in Southampton at 11.20am and 6.10pm.

Timings on Sunday services are also adjusted and will leave Southampton at 5.45pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 8.25pm. Flights from Aberdeen will depart at 2.45pm, arriving in Southampton at 5.15pm.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways commercial director, said: ‘By increasing the number of services to Aberdeen, this latest improvement allows south coast business travellers and oil industry workers the choice of a convenient morning flight or a late afternoon departure.’

Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport’s director of marketing & communications, said: ‘Air links between Southampton and Aberdeen are very important as they connect the two sea ports which have many well established industry links, especially in the oil and marine sectors. The addition of extra flights will be welcomed by the business community, as well as people in Aberdeen who can use the service to join the cruise ships departing from Southampton.’

The airline provides a network of services flying from 20 airports across the UK, Norway and France using a fleet of 30 aircraft.

Eastern Airways Urges UK Government to Reconsider Emissions Trading Scheme

Eastern Airways, a UK based airline operating in the UK out of Norwich, has pushed for a reassessment of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reporting practices by the UK Government.

Eastern Airways chairman, Bryan Huxford, said, ‘The Emissions Trading Scheme, implemented by Brussels earlier this year is good in theory but, for Europe’s smaller carriers, is a disaster in practice’ says. ‘I find it unbelievable that the scheme results in the cost of administration equalling or exceeding the cost of compliance for smaller airlines.

Eastern Airways, together with every other European airline takes very seriously the need to minimise the impact of its flights on climate change, even though we already have an aircraft fleet that is extremely fuel efficient. However, the Emissions Trading Scheme for aviation, implemented by the European Community is far from being in the interests of Eastern Airways’ customers.

The high price of fuel already gives us the strongest possible incentive to be as fuel efficient as possible without the imposition of ETS. We do not object to buying the carbon allowances but we see no sense whatsoever in obliging our passengers to pay, through their fares, for complex and precise reporting procedures that contribute nothing to environmental protection.’

The airline expects that apart from global concerns, climate protection is also a concern for the airline because of its business interests. The ETS legislation will be expected to complicate administration of the fuel usage reporting, as cost of administration of the same would be more than the price of the carbon allowances the airline will be acquiring.

Mike Ambrose, the director general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), said, ‘Forcing small airlines to adopt reporting procedures that demand a level of precision many dimensions different from the inexactness of climate change science is absurd. If the European Commission and European Parliament members had listened to the industry when the scheme was drafted, such a ridiculous situation would have been avoided.

Earlier this month, David Cameron urged the EU to cut its bureaucracy. If the UK government fails to act to cut through this wasteful red tape, it will be passengers who will continue to fund this needless bureaucracy.’

Eastern Airways Expands Service to Aberdeen

Eastern Airways, a UK-based airline, has announced the launch of a new service from Aberdeen, in Scotland, to Newcastle Airport, in England.

The airline will be increasing its weekday services, from four flights a day to five flights a day, form October 1, 2012. A 50-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft will service the expanded flight.

The new service will be providing around 1,700 seats a month for the route, which can be booked from today.

Kay Ryan, the commercial director of Eastern Airways, said, ‘We’ve played a major role supporting the North Sea offshore industry with vital transport links for many years.

Our latest expansion of services from Newcastle demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the best business schedules for northeast offshore workers and business commuters heading to Aberdeen. The level of high frequency services at convenient times offers superb flexibility, while our 50 seat jet will also operate on peak flights during the week.’

Joanne Leng MBE, the deputy chief executive at UK-based NOF Energy, said, ‘It’s fantastic news that Eastern Airways is increasing the frequency of their flights from Newcastle to Aberdeen. I am sure those involved in the oil and gas sector in both regions will find the additional routes of benefit.

Both Aberdeen and North East England are key hubs for the UK oil and gas market and it is essential that we make moving between the two centres as easy as possible. In the long term it benefits both regional economies and ensures that supply chain companies continue to have access to new business opportunities by being able to reach and service their client base quickly.’

Humberside Airport Sold To Eastern Airways

Eastern Airways, a UK-based airline, has acquired a majority ownership in UK-based Humberside Airport.

The Manchester Airport Group (MAG), the UK based holding company that owns Humberside Airport, has sold its 87.2 percent stake in the property to the Eastern Group, the holding company for owners of the regional carrier, Eastern Airways. It has been reported that there will be no change in the current management on completion of the sale.

North Lincolnshire Council, which is a minority stockholder in Humberside Airport, will be retaining its share in the facility.

Manchester Airport Group (MAG) currently owns Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports in the UK.

The chief executive officer for MAG, Charlie Cornish, said, ‘MAG has believed for some time that the best long-term operational model for Humberside Airport was with a new owner that could focus on taking the business forward into the next phase of its development.

The Eastern Group specialises in aviation related activities and we are delighted that our former colleagues at the airport will now have a new owner who can concentrate on developing the business.’

Humberside Airport has reported annual passenger traffic of 275,000, and its operations include scheduled and charter passenger services, freight, as well as heliport facilities.

Bryan Huxford, the chairman of Eastern Group, said ‘We are making a strategic financial investment acquiring Humberside Airport. The airport has potential for growth, and under the present airport management team, supported by Eastern Group, will develop in accordance with the business plan already in place.’

Eastern Airways Introduces New Service from Southampton to Brussels

Eastern Airways, a UK-based airline, has announced the launch of a new service from Southampton Airport to the European Union capital, Brussels, in Belgium.

The airline is offering a daily service on the new Southampton to Brussels route, six days a week, following the recent withdrawal of services on the route by Flybe, another UK-based airline.

Flybe had ceased operations on the route in February this year, although Eastern Airways had previously operated between Southampton and Brussels for two years, ceasing in 2008 when Flybe stepped in and commenced their service.

Kay Ryan, the commercial director for Eastern Airways, said, ‘Our fully inclusive service is not only the most convenient way to reach Brussels from Southampton and the south coast of England, but also helps strong trade and business links continue between the region and the EU capital. Later Sunday flights will benefit business travellers heading for Monday morning meetings, while tourists visiting Brussels and Bruges can also take advantage of the service.’

Southampton Airport is offering a dedicated fast track security channel for Eastern Airways passengers, as the airline has had a presence there since 2003.

Dave Lees, the Southampton Airport managing director, said, ‘We’re delighted to welcome Eastern Airways back to this route today. It’s a highly requested route by both our business and leisure passengers, who are looking for convenient flights to this major European centre.’

The airline currently boasts a fleet of 30 aircraft, which operate from 21 airports in UK, Norway, Belgium and France.