Airline boss says there is 'strong commitment' to serving the region
Flybe says a new franchise deal will bring ‘significantly improve connectivity for Scotland’.
Europe’s largest regional airline has signed an agreement with Eastern Airways to establish a new alliance - the first step towards finalising a five year franchise partnership under which Eastern will operate its scheduled route network under the Flybe brand.
The companies have also agreed a joint revenue and risk sharing agreement, covering four Eastern aircraft, to fly existing Flybe branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
“The four aircraft will operate under the Flybe franchise and significantly improve connectivity for Scotland,” said a company spokesman.
“The aim is for contracts to be finalised and signed within the next few weeks, with one-way fares from £49.46 on Aberdeen – Sumburgh& Kirkwall (up to three flights a day); Edinburgh & Glasgow to Sumburgh (daily flights); Glasgow to Stornaway (up to three flights a day) and up to four flights a day from Glasgow to Manchester.
Eastern is an established regional airline based at Humberside Airport, but with hubs at Aberdeen, Norwich, Teesside, Newcastle, Southampton, Leeds, Cardiff and Paris.
Chief Executive Richard Lake said: “This alliance will benefit both airlines as not only does it strengthen Flybe’s network, but broadens our distribution and enhances connection opportunities for our customers through its global airline association. We have specialised in fixed-wing flying in the oil and gas market for many years and our expertise will provide a greater opportunity to further develop offshore connectivity to Flybe’s network.”
Christine Ourmieres-Widener, Flybe CEO said: “This alliance with Eastern Airways is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the Flybe network. We already operate flights at a number of common airports and this will enable passengers to connect to a greater number of destinations. Combined with our flights to Heathrow from Edinburgh and Aberdeen, this demonstrates our strong commitment to serving Scotland.”