Eastern Airways launches Newcastle to London service for Flybe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Jan 2019

Eastern Airways is behind a new direct flight between Newcastle and London. 

Commuters will be able to reach the heart of London and its transport connections with ease from today, as the double-daily direct air service launches.

The Humberside-based airline, a franchise partner of Flybe, now operates a morning and evening peak service, which takes just 70-minutes flight time each-way.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ general manager for commercial and operations, said: “We are very pleased to launch this new direct central London air service on behalf of Flybe, adding to their expanding London City network and to the Aberdeen – London City service we already operate.

“We believe it’s vital for major UK cities to have direct fast convenient air links between the regions and London. This route provides a direct link for our customers from Newcastle and the north east region, from where they can quickly access Canary Wharf, the City of London and the underground network with ease, helping business and leisure travellers alike.”

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With business-focused morning and evening departures at 8:05am and 5.50pm, returning at 9:45am and 7.30pm on weekdays, and a single Sunday evening service, the time saving compared to rail or road will meet the needs of many north-east commuters.  

The launch of the new service. Pictured left-right: Paul Fearnside,  Eastern Airways Captain, Leanne Wyness, Eastern Airways Cabin crew, Simon Rolfe, Eastern Airways First Officer, Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport, Eileen McBay, Sales Manager at Eastern Airways and Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport.

Richard Knight, chief operating officer at Newcastle Airport, said: “For a number of years, we have received countless requests for a direct route into the heart of London - so we are thrilled to be launching this service for both business and leisure passengers.

“With a flight time of just over an hour, complementary on-board service and the airport’s low security-queuing times, the North East travelling public will be able to access the London market quickly and efficiently thanks to the new route from Flybe.”

“We are very excited to see the impact this service has on our region and urge the North East to support the route.”

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The Docklands Light Railway links London City Airport to Canning Town and Bank, reached in just seven and 21 minutes respectively.

Peter Downes, aviation director at London City Airport, said: “Journeys between the north east and central London are now easier and faster than ever, thanks to the new service operated by Eastern Airways. The convenience of London City Airport, just a few miles from major attractions and business districts, will appeal to all types of traveller, and we’re thrilled that the first service touches down imminently. 

“As the ninth domestic route to join our route network, as part of existing Aberdeen operations, London City continues to ensure the UK regions are connected straight into capital, and vice versa.”

Flights are now on sale up to winter 2019. Fares start from £79.99 one way, inclusive of taxes and charges, and are bookable at flybe.com

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