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.