Published on June 6th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Eastern Airways to Start New Service to Dublin
UK Regional airline Eastern Airways is to start a new service from Southampton to Dublin from 23rd July. Following the demise of Flybe, Eastern Airways quickly stepped in to protect regional connectivity from Southampton on an expanding network prior to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. As restrictions begin to ease, services will be carefully re-introduced with extensive cleaning measures on-board and throughout all aspects of the airport. Eastern had previously intended to operate this route until the pandemic restrictions were put in place.
Eastern Airways are starting to re-establish routes from Southampton from 22nd June with four UK cities being served including Belfast City Airport. Others will be added over the summer and frequency of the routes will be increased through August and September to help restore the business and leisure connections.
Speaking in the UK when the routes from Southampton were announced, 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.”
Initially Eastern Airways’ usual complimentary on-board service will be limited to facilitate 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 a quality service. Eastern Airways was formed in 1997 and had previously operated as a franchise partner for FlyBe. Following their demise in early March, Eastern Airways has moved quickly to return to its own standalone booking facilities. Eastern Airways serves 15 regional airports across the UK and is based at Humberside. Eastern Airways operate a fleet of 2 x ATR72-600’s, 6 x BAe Jetstream 41’s, 2 x Embraer ERJ-145’s and 3 x Saab 2000’s.