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.

British Airways to serve Humberside passengers this summer season

British Airways (BA) will serve passengers flying to and from Humberside International Airport this summer, the Grimsby Telegraph has reported.

The announcement comes after JetXtra.com reached an agreement with British Airways to operate the flights to Alicante and Majorca. The routes where launched last year with airline, Volotea.

A state-of-the-art British Airways Embraer jet will now operate the weekly flights from Kirmington on JetXtra’s behalf, and the deal means that British Airways will become a regular visitor to the airport for the first time.

Similar to BA’s 717, the first Embraer will touch down on May 24, with a weekly Saturday service to Alicante, while the recommencement of Majorca follows on July 26.

JetXtra founder, Daniel Reilly, said: ‘We are delighted to confirm that we have secured a deal with British Airways to operate our flights to Alicante and Majorca for summer 2014. The quality of service provided by BA is high, with unrivalled spacious legroom and excellent on-time performance. Coupled with the ease of using Humberside Airport, our customers will be starting off their holidays in the best possible way.

‘We always aim to offer a high standard of service and are confident that our customers will now also get a great in-flight experience on-board one of the most modern jet aircraft in the world operated by the UK’s flag carrier.’

Humberside International Airport commercial director, Paul Litten, said: ‘We are delighted that the tour operator, JetXtra, has again decided to operate from the airport to Alicante and Palma for summer 2014. The success and high demand for the services last year have shown that passengers want to fly from our airport.

‘Spain continues to be a very popular destination. Clearly, using the UK flag carrier airline is a coup and we look forward to welcoming the first flights in May. Bookings can be made with our travel agency within the airport terminal and with JetXtra directly. The airport will continue to work with JetXtra and other tour operators, to return the desperately needed holiday destinations to the region.’