New Teesside service from Belfast City launched after Flybe collapse

George Best Belfast City Airport.

Picture: PressEyeGeorge Best Belfast City Airport.

Picture: PressEye
George Best Belfast City Airport. Picture: PressEye
A new six-times weekly air service between Belfast and the north east of England has been launched following the collapse of low-cost carrier Flybe.

Tickets are already on sale for the Eastern Airways service from Belfast City Airport to Teesside International near Middlesbrough.

Flybe – which was responsible for around 80% of flights in and out of the City Airport – entered administration last week.

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The airline had operated 14 routes to destinations across Great Britain.

Eastern Airways is a former franchise partner of Flybe but will now operate independently.

Ellie McGimpsey of Belfast City Airport, said: “This service will prove popular with both business and leisure passengers, enhancing air connectivity between Northern Ireland and the north-east of England with Darlington, Middlesbrough, Durham, Hartlepool, Sunderland and Stockton-on-Tees all within a convenient driving distance of the airport.”

Roger Hage of Eastern Airways said his company had “moved quickly” to gets the new flights from Belfast on sale via

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He added: “Delivering regional connectivity is vital for economic prosperity and regional development which supports our ability to provide a quality, cost effective and speedy service to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers.”