Eastern Airways’ flights from Cardiff Airport are now bookable at Flybe.com thanks to the new five-year franchise agreement that will see Eastern flights carry Flybe flight codes from 29 October 2017.
Passengers making bookings for travel on or after 29 October can now book directly via Flybe.com. Those booking for travel on 28 October or before will continue to book at EasternAirways.com
Both airlines will benefit, as Flybe’s route network will be strengthened through this franchise arrangement, while Eastern Airways’ distribution channels are broadened and connection opportunities enhanced for its customers.
Eastern Airways provides convenient, frequent services from Cardiff to Newcastle and Aberdeen, as well as operating the Public Service Obligation (PSO) route from Cardiff to Anglesey on behalf of the Welsh Government. Passengers traveling from Anglesey will be able to connect onto Flybe’s onward flights from Cardiff and to distant destinations from 1 May 2018 on Qatar flights via Doha.
Earlier this month on 1 September, Eastern Airways/Flybe alliance started as the airline provided four aircraft to operate on six of Flybe’s existing branded routes in Scotland, enabling Flybe to provide a continuation of its services from Sumburgh (Shetland Isles), Kirkwall (Orkney Isles), Stornoway (Western Isles), Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Mathew Herzberg, Eastern Airways’ Head of Commercial, said: “The franchise partnership will help to broaden the sales distribution of our route network through the Flybe brand and reach a wider audience of customers who are new to the Eastern Airways operated services. The BE flight code gives our customers greater connectivity to Flybe’s routes and global airline associated network with one single, seamless booking, along with online check-in.”
Flybe franchise flights operated by Eastern Airways will depart from Aberdeen, Wick John O’Groats, Stornoway, Glasgow, Newcastle, Durham Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford, Humberside, Belfast City, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Cardiff, Norwich, Southampton, Paris Orly and Rodez.
Eastern Airways celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and has been operating flights from Cardiff Airport since 2006. It has two Embraer 170 and three Embraer 145 jets in its fleet, as well as nine Saab 2000s and, is the largest operator in the world of Jetstream 41 aircraft with 17.