Eastern Airways has announced it will take over operating flights between London City airport and Aberdeen from franchise partner Flybe starting 7 May.
The carrier says it will continue to run the same weekday double-daily service and one Sunday flight. The route will initially be operated by a 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft, but the airline plans to switch to a 76-seat Embraer 170 jet in the long term.
Journey time once Eastern Airways takes over the route will decrease slightly to one hour and 15 minutes.
Mathew Herzberg, head of commercial at Eastern Airways, said: “We welcome the opportunity as a franchise partner of Flybe to operate the Aberdeen-London City service, which is part of our strategic business alignment. It’s vital that Europe’s oil capital continues to have a direct link with the city of London, which will commence operations with a Saab 2000 and then switch to a jet service providing a quicker, convenient connection to the heart of the capital.”
Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen Airport, added: “It is great news that Eastern Airways will be introducing their jet service to operate on the Aberdeen-London City route. A seamless transition from Flybe to Eastern Airways, with no break in the service, and a slightly shorter journey duration will hopefully be welcomed by regular travellers on this route. Good connectivity into the heart of the UK’s capital is vital for our passengers as well as for the economic prospects of the larger north-east region.”
Tickets on the route can be purchased via Flybe’s website.