Published on : Thursday, July 9, 2020
Eastern Airways recently confirmed that it has decided to introduce a new route from Southampton Airport to Dublin starting Monday, August 17. The launch will be a part of the airline’s expansion plans at the south coast of England airport. As the U.K.’s regional airline, Eastern Airways is expanding the number of routes it operates from Southampton to seven after reconnecting the airport with the Irish capital Dublin. The services will begin with a round-trip each day and the frequency will increase according to the rise in demand. The move comes after air travel slowly started to resume after COVID-19 travel restrictions were eased.
Eastern Airways was already operating to Belfast City, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Teesside. The addition of further new routes with Dublin, compliments the operators developing Southampton base of 72-seat ATR72-600 aircraft. All of these routes will witness an increased frequency with additional weekend services as coronavirus restrictions reduce. The airline has based aircraft at Southampton Airport, including Embraer and the latest ATR 72-600 aircraft, and intends to have up to five located at the venue over time.
In addition, the Southampton-Manchester route will also return to twice-daily from August 3 and the Southampton-Newcastle route from September 7 as initial increases in the coming weeks. Flights to Dublin will be equipped with complimentary on-board refreshments as part of the service, as well as a minimum of 15kg of free hold baggage. Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial & Operations, Eastern Airways said in a recent statement that the airline is delighted to confirm a start date for the Southampton–Dublin route launch in August 17 and mentioned that bookings for the route is now open. He said that the launch will serve as an important trade and leisure link between the south coast of England and Ireland’s capital.
He shared that the airline has also started to help increasing accessibility to Southampton as a number of other routes from the airport have been reintroduced already. He said that with the increasing frequency, the airline will also add further new services after establishing a five aircraft base. Steve Szalay, Operations Director, Southampton Airport added that Dublin has been a high-demand destination for passengers since long. He said that authorities are delighted that Eastern Airways is opening the route from Southampton Airport, once again demonstrating the importance of regional airports in providing vital connectivity across the U.K.