16 MARCH 2020
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After launching Teesside, Newcastle and Manchester routes last week following the Flybe collapse, Eastern Airways is continuing to grow its Southampton base with a new Southampton – Belfast route starting next Monday, 23 March.
Eastern, now selling its flights independently, has already returned to Belfast City Airport with the launch last week of a new six-times weekly service to Teesside International operated by an Embraer ERJ145.
Loganair has also been busy filling in some gaps. As announced last week (BTN 9 March), the Scottish carrier now plans to operate 18 Flybe routes, subject to coronavirus restrictions, starting over the next three months.
Humberside-based Eastern said it would provide up to seven flights a week on the former Flybe route between Southampton and Belfast City Airport, following the start of services from Southampton to Manchester and Newcastle.
These are planned to operate initially with 11 flights a week along with a new route to Teesside International Airport with the same number of flights.
Eastern has operated a Southampton – Leeds Bradford service with up to 15 flights a week for some time and from 27 April will offer a Southampton link to Aberdeen via Teesside International.
Back at Loganair, chief executive Jonathan Hinkles also said Flybe’s demise need not threaten the future of Southampton Airport, which he said had a “bright future” with a good catchment area and major employers.
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