A network of Flybe franchise routes linking Teesside International Airport with the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland, including London and Dublin, have today been announced.
Services will be launched by Flybe franchise partner, Eastern Airways, connecting Teesside with London City, Belfast City, Cardiff, Dublin, Southampton and the Isle of Man, alongside the existing Aberdeen route and the summer Jersey service by Flybe.
Flights to London City and Southampton will be twice daily, Dublin and Belfast City six times a week, Cardiff five times a week and the Isle of Man for the seasonal TT race weeks. These complement the up to three times daily Aberdeen service operated for 20 years by Eastern.
Cardiff flights will commence on 10 February 2020, Belfast City, Dublin and Southampton on 9 March, London City on 27 April and the Isle of Man on 30 May.
Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, said: “This is a significant strategic partnership for both the airline and airport to develop the number of destinations available from Teesside Airport. The mix of business and leisure travellers in the region will benefit from this major expansion of three based aircraft operating a broad Teesside network of Flybe routes operated by Eastern Airways, including a number of onward connections in the wider flybe network.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Teesside International Airport is hugely important to our local economy and the investment that will create the good quality, well-paid jobs we all want to see come to our region won’t come on a bus, it will come via our airport terminal.
“Our local people want connections to some of the UK and Ireland’s biggest cities, including a direct route to our capital. Eastern Airways shares our vision for fantastic transport connections and has worked with the airport for years. We’re delighted they are strengthening their ties with us, bringing their expertise of the local market to help secure the airport’s future.”
All flights will be bookable and on sale at flybe.com in the coming days. Fares will start from £69.99 one-way including taxes and charges.
On board Eastern Airways operated flights, passengers are offered a full range of complimentary drinks and snacks. Regular customers will also benefit from discounted route passes offering savings of up to 40%.
Yorkshire and Humber based Eastern Airways was formed in 1997. As well as operating scheduled flights, the airline also specialises in providing customer-focused charter services for the energy industry, corporate and sports contracts and ad-hoc charters.