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Eastern Airways launches Teesside service from Belfast City

Pictured at the inaugural Eastern Airways flight into Belfast City are captain Leigh Kelly, first officer Tom Tansey and cabin crew member Lewis Evans, who are being welcomed by the airport's aviation development manager Ellie McGimpsey
Gary McDonald Business Editor

EASTERN Airways has returned to George Best Belfast City Airport with the launch of a new six-times weekly service to Teesside International Airport.

A former franchise partner of Flybe, which went into administration last week, Eastern confirmed it is once again selling its flights independently.

Some 14 routes out of the City Airport were axed with the demise of Flybe, tohugh the services to Aberdeen and Inverness were subsequently picked up by Loganair.

The airport says it is continuing to work to ensure links to other key destinations like Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are restored as quiskly as possible.

Yesterday's inaugural service from Teesside to Belfast was operated by an Embraer ERJ145.

The service (flights are on sale from £69 one way) is likely to prove popular with both business and leisure passengers, enhancing air connectivity between Northern Ireland and the north-east of England, with Darlington, Middlesbrough, Durham, Hartlepool, Sunderland and Stockton-on-Tees all within a convenient driving distance of the airport.

Eastern Airways' general manager commercial & operations Roger Hage said: “We're pleased to announce that our flights are now on sale as we've moved quickly to introduce a new booking system for our flights since becoming independent again.

“Delivering regional connectivity is vital for economic prosperity and regional development which supports our ability to provide a quality, cost effective and speedy service to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers.”

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