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.
“Our 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 Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool won’t come on a bus, it will come via our airport terminal.
“That’s on top of the raft of other fantastic flights, which represent a massive vote of confidence in our airport and region. Eastern Airways shares our vision for fantastic transport connections and has worked with the airport for years. They really understand exactly what our local people and businesses will love.
“This isn’t job done, this is the next stage in our 10-Year Rescue Plan to secure the future of Teesside International. In fact, it’s only the first phase of Eastern’s multi-year commitment, with plenty of opportunity to expand and increase flights in the future.”
Tony Burgess, Managing Director of Eastern Airways, said: “Eastern Airways is one of the longest serving airlines to fly from Teesside International serving the critical corporate oil and gas market with flights to Aberdeen.
“We’re delighted to now be strengthening our ties with the airport and branching out to bring enhanced connectivity to some new city destinations for business and leisure travellers.
“I’m sure these flights will be popular and we are continuing to look at how we can further develop our network for all regions.”
Stobart Aviation’s Kate Willard said: “These major new routes are great news for the airport, its existing passengers and people across Tees Valley. It is very exciting that people can now enjoy the airport’s quick and easy passenger experience to reach even more destinations.
“We believe that there is tremendous opportunity for continued growth at Teesside International and Stobart continues to be committed to its success.”
Teesside International Airport continues to serve more than 200 worldwide destinations via its daily services to the award-winning Amsterdam Schiphol airport, holiday trips to Majorca with JetsGoHolidays and a second summer season to Bulgaria with Balkan Holidays.