Eastern Airways Adds Isle of Man Routes

9th Oct 2003

Award-winning UK airline, Eastern Airways, will be continuing its route
expansion with the introduction of services from both East Midlands and
Newcastle to the Isle of Man commencing 27 October, coinciding with the
introduction of its Winter timetable.
Flights, operating daily Monday to Friday using BAE Jetstream 41 aircraft,
will build upon the success of the airline?s current services between the
Isle of Man and Leeds Bradford.

Eastern Airways Director, Graeme Ross commented:
“The withdrawal of services
to the Isle of Man by the current operator from Newcastle has provided an
ideal opportunity for Eastern to expand its presence in the Isle of Man,
enabling North-East originating passengers to continue to enjoy direct links
to the island.”
The East Midlands?Isle of Man service complements Eastern?s three times
daily Monday?Friday, service between East Midlands and Aberdeen, which from
6th October will offer extra capacity with the introduction of the larger
and faster Jetstream 41 on the route.

Sales and Marketing Manager for East Midlands Airport, Caroline Plant said:
“We have strong evidence to suggest that passengers from the East Midlands
region and beyond will use the daily service to the Isle of Man, which has
proved to be very popular for us in the past.  We are very pleased that
Eastern Airways have launched this route, and that their ever expanding
portfolio of services will provide more choice for our passengers.”

Eastern Airways will be taking over the Newcastle?Isle of Man service when
current operator, FlyBE, exits the route at the end of October.  Newcastle
is already served by Eastern Airways with scheduled services to Southampton,
Aberdeen and Birmingham.

Newcastle Airport Commercial Director Mike Luddy said: “We are delighted
Eastern Airways has again chosen Newcastle Airport to develop its route
network. The new services to the Isle of Man will keep an important link
open for the north-east, and complement Eastern`s existing service from
Newcastle to Southampton, Birmingham and Aberdeen.”


With the addition of the new Isle of Man services, Eastern will have added
10 scheduled routes to its network since March this year.  With the start of
its Summer timetable Eastern took over seven domestic routes from British
Airways CitiExpress (Leeds Bradford to Aberdeen; Southampton and the Isle of
Man; Newcastle to Birmingham, Aberdeen and Southampton and Aberdeen to
Belfast International), resulting in a 65% increase in business traffic.
As well as the new Isle of Man services, Eastern will commence new flights
from Birmingham to Inverness on 27 October ? its second service to the
Scottish Highlands capital, after Manchester.

This month, Eastern Airways won the Silver Award in the ERA 2003/04 Airline
of the Year awards.  Ten travel and aviation journalists from continental
Europe determined the winners.  The judges recognised Eastern as ?an
excellent example of a niche airline,? nd observed the airline?s outstanding
departure punctuality.

This Winter, Eastern will be operating approximately 700 flights each week,
and will carry over half a million passengers on a rapidly expanding network
embracing Aberdeen, Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands,
Edinburgh, Humberside, Inverness, Isle of Man, Leeds Bradford, London
Stansted, Manchester, Southampton, Newcastle, Norwich, Teesside and Wick.
For more information visit your travel agent, contact 01625 680600 or book
online at www.easternairways.com.




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