Eastern Airways to launch new Gibraltar service from Southampton

Eastern Airways has announced a new service between Southampton and the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, starting from May 24.

The UK-based regional airline will operate to Gibraltar, located in the Southern Mediterranean on the Iberian Peninsula with strong maritime, finance and tourism links. Operated twice weekly initially on a Monday and Friday, this is the first scheduled passenger service to Gibraltar from Southampton.

The service will be operated on the airline’s Embraer 190 e-Jet fleet which includes the type being based at Southampton for the first-time. Flights are now available to book at www.easternairways.com

Roger Hage, GM for Eastern Airways, said: ‘This marks a major development in the network Eastern Airways offers as our first regular scheduled service to the Mediterranean peninsula adjoining Spain.

‘With a quality array of hotels, beaches, water-sports and heritage, this UK territory offers an exciting short-break destination aside from its role in UK business, notably financial services and maritime. With easy access to the south-coast of Spain also a benefit, working together with HM Government of Gibraltar has enabled this to be the first service to be announced, supporting UK regional airports and their role in direct European connectivity.

‘This adds to the French destinations of Nantes and Rennes announced last week and highlights the pivotal role Eastern Airways is playing in growing the UK’s air services.’

Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘The introduction of Eastern Airway’s first-ever service to Gibraltar is tremendous news and demonstrates the airline’s continued desire to grow its operations at Southampton Airport.

‘This is also a new destination for the airport and a positive step forward given the challenging conditions our entire industry continues to face. We look forward to working with Eastern to develop this service further and welcoming the first passengers later this year and indeed the basing of an Eastern Airways’ Embraer 190 aircraft to make this route and others possible.’

Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, said: ‘I stated recently that I would be able to announce the addition of another airline with services to Gibraltar and therefore it gives me great pleasure to make this announcement of Eastern Airways today.

‘The link with Southampton will open up a new catchment area for Gibraltar. Work by this Government to ensure that the tourism sector recovers and flourishes after this pandemic does not stop. The news will no doubt be welcomed by the local business community and the tourism, retail and hospitality industries. This Government is delivering air services to Gibraltar in an unprecedented manner and is committed to adding further routes and more carriers in due course.’

Eastern Airways is reintroducing the services complying with the changes in Covid-19 restrictions, with extensive cleaning measures on-board and throughout the airport. Eastern Airways also has a codeshare partnership focused on Southampton with Aurigny, Guernsey’s airline, to optimise increased passenger connectivity to the Channel Islands.

British Airways launches summer 2021 schedule at Southampton, adds 11 new European routes

British Airways has announced the launch of an exciting summer schedule directly connecting England’s south coast with holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, France and Germany.

As part of a new agreement with Southampton Airport, the airline will operate up to 17 flights each weekend to 11 locations between May 1 and October 31, 2021.

BA CityFlyer will fly from Southampton to Malaga, Florence, Faro, Mykonos, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Bergerac Dordogne Perigord, Limoges-Bellegarde, Nice Cote d’Azur, Edinburgh and Berlin. The additional services will be operated using BA CityFlyer’s existing fleet of Embraer 190 aircraft. Customers can book via ba.com/southampton.

Tom Stoddart, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer, which will operate the new services, said: ‘We are delighted to announce the extension of our services to Southampton Airport next summer.

‘This is an exciting opportunity for the British Airways family. The ideal location of the airport and excellent facilities on offer will hugely benefit our customers along the South Coast as they plan to take to the skies again and book a well-deserved holiday in the sun.’

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘Today’s announcement from British Airways is fantastic news for Southampton Airport and the region during what has been the most challenging of years.

‘It’s also great to see BA return to the airport once again and the range of excellent destinations on offer is sure to be a welcome early Christmas present for passengers looking to plan a European holiday next summer.’

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 to resume flights from Southampton this month

Eastern Airways, the UK regional airline, will resume services from Southampton Airport, including to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Teesside later this month.

Starting Monday June 22, the Humberside Airport-based airline will commence a daily weekday service to Belfast City, Manchester, Newcastle and Aberdeen, while services to Leeds Bradford and Teesside will be introduced on Monday June 29 and Dublin services will commence on Thursday July 23. Frequency of services will be increased as appropriate through July, August and September to help restore the business and leisure connections. The flights are on sale through www.easternairways.com

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: ‘We are pleased to announce that our Southampton flights are returning from 22nd June with a carefully considered initial frequency to support the major regions of the UK and ensure regional connectivity returns given its vital role in recovering economic prosperity. We will continue to increase frequency including the return of weekend services as demand returns along with adding new routes to our network. All services will ensure the safest procedures for our customer care are offered in conjunction with our airport partners.’

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said: ‘As we restore airport operations, we are absolutely delighted to welcome back Eastern Airways, providing vital connectivity across the UK, and enabling the recovery of regional economies.’

Following the collapse of Flybe, Eastern Airways had stepped in to ensure regional connectivity from Southampton on an expanding network prior to the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

As part of new safety measures in light of COVID-19, Eastern Airways’ usual complimentary on-board service will be limited to enable reduced customer contact. A full anti-bacterial wipe down of all touch points between every service operated and a comprehensive night-stop sanitisation will be implemented. All fares will include 15kg of complimentary hold baggage as part of the service.

Flybe announces more summer routes from Southampton

Flybe, the European regional airline, has expanded its 2016 summer programme from Southampton Airport with the introduction of two new routes to Biarritz and Toulon Hyeres, and the return of flights to Bastia for peak summer.

While Biarritz is known as a surfing capital of Europe, Toulon Hyeres – on the Cote d’Azure – is a popular tourist destination and Bastia, located on the northern tip of the French island of Corsica, is a renowned ferry and cruise ship port.

The new routes from Southampton to Biarritz will be effective for travel from July 3 to September 25, 2016 operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Routes to Bastia will operate on Sundays and will be effective for travel from May 22 to September 18, 2016, while the new Southampton to Toulon Hyeres route will be effective for travel from July 2 to September 12, 2016. The Southampton to Toulon Hyeres route will operate on Saturdays as well as on Mondays/Sundays (July 17 – September 12).

Seats are available for booking at www.flybe.com from £34.99 including taxes and charges. The new summer routes provide an additional boost to Flybe’s existing high frequency schedule from Southampton.

Southampton Airport MD, Dave Lees, said: ‘The summer season is always a fantastic time for us and it is excellent news that Flybe will be offering two brand new routes to Toulon and Biarritz in France for the summer as well as bringing back flights to Bastia and the popular sun routes to Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Faro. Whether people are looking for a city break, stag or hen weekend, family resort or beach holiday, they can reach it all from their local airport.’

The latest expansion comes after Flybe’s announcement last week of the return of its popular sun routes from Southampton to Alicante, Malaga, Palma Mallorca and Faro as well as extra frequency on a number of services, including those on its French regional services.

With the expansion, the Flybe 2016 summer schedule from Southampton now offers a total of 28 routes and offers passengers a choice of up to 329 flights a week to a wide range of holiday destinations.

 

Flybe launches new summer schedule

Flybe, the British low-fares regional airline, has launched its new summer schedule with nearly 300 flights a week from Southampton offering holidaymakers a break to some sought after destinations, according to a report by Daily Echo.

Flybe’s announcement comes after a busy summer last year when over 200,000 passengers passed through the airport’s doors in August – one of the highest passenger turnovers in the recent years and a three per cent increase year-on-year.

As per the announcement, Flybe will operate 27 routes this summer, which includes its popular summer routes as well as new services to Bastia – a ferry and cruise ship port located on the northern tip of the French island of Corsica – and Milan, one of Europe’s most ancient cities.

The airline will operate 299 flights a week with one way fares from £24.99 including taxes and charges. New twice weekly flights will be operated to Bastia on Thursdays and Sundays during peak summer from May until September. Twice weekly flights to Milan operate during those times on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The airline will operate its popular sun routes to Palma, Mallorca, Faro, Malaga and Alicante until October 24. Flights to regional France have been improved with the peak summer travel expected to increase to destinations including Avignon, Bordeaux, Brest and Limoges.

Passengers also benefit on long haul travel under the airport’s arrangement with seven code-share partners via Dublin and Manchester airports. Passengers may benefit from onward connections to Asia, Canada and the US with the airline’s newest codeshare partners Cathay Pacific, Finnair and Aer Lingus. Flights are available for booking either directly from those airlines or through a local travel agent.

 

Flybe cancels Hamburg route due for Sunday launch

UK-based airline Flybe has announced cancellation of the new route from Southampton to Hamburg, which was previously set to launch on Sunday, October 26, the Daily Echo has reported.

Flybe said that the flights between Southampton and Hamburg have been cancelled following a recent review that the route will not be commercially viable in winter. The planned daily service to the German port city, due to take off on Sunday, has been grounded until further notice. The airline is yet to officially announce a new start date for the service, but flights were last night available to book via their website from March 29, the report said.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: ‘As part of a recent review, the route has been deemed commercially unsustainable for the moment and we have taken the decision to suspend our plans to operate flights between Southampton and Hamburg this winter.

‘Passengers who have booked to fly on this route will be contacted and offered an alternative flight or a full refund. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

Southampton Airport, which has removed Hamburg from the destinations map on their website, said that the route will be reinstated next summer.

Airport managing director Dave Lees said: ‘The route to Hamburg has been postponed until the start of summer 2015, which aligns more closely with leisure and business travel patterns.’

The new route was welcomed by business leaders as well as general tourists when it was announced in June.

County council leader Roy Perry said: ‘Southampton Airport is a very important facility and we are always pleased to see the development of connections with other European cities. It’s disappointing if this route is to be lost and we would hope that the airport would look at reinstating it.’

Stewart Dunn, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘I understand that it’s merely been delayed but they hope to start it in the spring.’