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Eastern Airways has announced plans to relaunch itself as an independent scheduled airline, taking over routes it formerly operated under a franchise agreement with Flybe.

Following Flybe’s collapse last week, Eastern Airways will take over three previously Flybe-operated services, namely Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle.

These new routes will join existing and forthcoming service from Teesside International airport to destinations including Alicante, Belfast City, Cardiff, Dublin, Isle of Man, London City and Southampton.

The former franchise routes will continue to operate as normal, and the three new routes will launch next week, with tickets already on sale.

Commenting on the news Tony Burgess, managing director of Eastern Airways, said:

“We do extend sympathy to all Flybe staff and their families following the sad news that Flybe has ceased trading.

“As a former franchise partner of Flybe, this will not impact on any flights and routes operated by Eastern Airways. Revised booking facilities on Eastern Airways services will be advised on, which includes the quick recovery on Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle routes.

“Eastern Airways remains fully committed to providing regional connectivity with business links to capital cities and industrial centres.”

Source: / BTN