11 Apr 2013

Eastern Airways celebrates 10 years on Newcastle-Birmingham route

DATE: 11-04-13

Eastern Airways is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its service between Newcastle and Birmingham, which provides an important, fast business link for commuters connecting between the North East and the Midlands.

To mark the occasion, a selection of north east travel agents, including representatives from Horncastle Travel, Hogg Robinson Group, Norseman Travel, Dawson & Sanderson and Business Travel attended a hog roast last night at the Double Tree by Hilton Newcastle Airport hotel.

The UK’s second largest regional airline first started operating the route in 2003 following British Airways decision to withdraw from the route. Up to 24 flights are offered each week, providing a choice of day return weekday options with timings aimed at business travellers.

The domestic air link is used by a wide cross section of businesses including those from engineering, law, finance, government, IT, communications and manufacturing industry sectors, helping to forge strong business links between the two regions.

Over 17,000 flights have been operated between Newcastle and Birmingham since Eastern Airways started the route.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: “The 10th anniversary of this route shows our commitment to the region by providing a long established, convenient air service to further strengthen important business links between the North East and the Midlands. Our schedules and timings between Newcastle and Birmingham allow for day return trips, saving business travellers valuable time at a reasonable price.”

Chris Sanders, Newcastle International Airport’s aviation development director, said: “The Birmingham route also provides an important link to a number of other cities such as Coventry, Milton Keynes, Gloucester, Worcester, Wolverhampton and Oxford making it easier to do business across a whole swathe of England. With Eastern Airways’ schedule, there and back in a day means more time to do business and less time spent travelling. We’re delighted to be celebrating its tenth anniversary at Newcastle.”

A dedicated fast track security channel is offered at Newcastle Airport for all Eastern Airways passengers to avoid any queues at security search, which also enables the airline to close check-in just 30 minutes before the departure time. Passengers flying with the airline are not charged for check-in, baggage, choice of seat or onboard drinks and snacks.

Flights to Aberdeen, Cardiff and Stavanger in Norway are also offered by Eastern Airways from Newcastle Airport.

Eastern Airways provides a comprehensive network of domestic flights spanning the length and breadth of the UK and also flies from airports in Norway and France. It operates a fleet of 31 aircraft consisting of regional jets and turbo prop aircraft.