Eastern Airways Introduces New Timings on its Leeds Bradford Services

Yorkshire business travellers and offshore workers will gain new early morning departures and convenient afternoon/early evening service timings as Eastern Airways introduces them on its year round services from Leeds Bradford International Airport to Southampton and Aberdeen.

Greater flexibility and further enhanced business-focused timings will be introduced from 6 October 2014 by the regional airline, which is Europe’s leading provider of fixed wing air services for the oil and gas industry.

Weekday flights to Southampton from Leeds Bradford will see new 6.40am, 10.35am and 5.15pm departures arriving in Hampshire at 7.25am, 11.45am and 6pm respectively. Services leave Southampton at 7.50am, 4.30pm and 6.30pm landing at Leeds Bradford at 8.35am, 5.45pm and 7.15pm respectively. Sunday services leave Leeds Bradford at 5.55pm and depart Southampton at 7.15pm.

Flights to Aberdeen on weekdays will depart Leeds Bradford at 7am, 8.55am and 6.05pm, arriving at 8.10am, 9.45am and 7.20pm. Services take off from Aberdeen at 8.45am, 4.10pm and 7.55pm arriving in Leeds Bradford at 10.05am, 4.55pm and 9.05pm respectively. Sunday flights depart from Leeds Bradford at 8,20pm and leave Aberdeen at 4.45pm.

Southampton is steeped in maritime history with a world class port for cruise liners and has strong business links with the north, particularly in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, finance, insurance, manufacturing, engineering and construction industries. Aberdeen is Europe’s oil capital with the buoyant offshore industry.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: “We constantly evaluate timings across our scheduled network to ensure we offer the best possible services, and after careful analysis, we’re introducing new timings to suit business travellers flying to Southampton and Aberdeen from Leeds Bradford.

“Customers heading to Southampton can now arrive on the south coast before 7.30am and be back in Yorkshire after a day’s business by 5.45pm, while offshore workers and oil industry executives now have a choice of two northbound weekday departures to Aberdeen leaving before 9am.”

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development director, commented: “Eastern Airways’ improved timings on both the Aberdeen and Southampton routes this Autumn will provide increased flexibility for business executives flying to both cities from Leeds Bradford.”

Lead-in fares now start from £79 one way, including taxes and charges.

Fast track security channels to avoid queues at security search at Leeds Bradford, Southampton and Aberdeen are available for all departing Eastern Airways scheduled passengers. Complimentary drinks and snacks are offered on board the aircraft and there is no charge for check-in, baggage or choice of seat.

Humberside Airport based Eastern Airways has been operating scheduled flights from Leeds Bradford for over 11 years and has two aircraft based at the airport with a team of 14 staff consisting of pilots and cabin crew to support its services.

A network of services across to 17 airports in the UK, Norway and France is operated by the airline on a fleet of 31 regional aircraft.

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