The new Sunday services will help to provide weekend break opportunities and assist business passengers travelling to their destination on a Sunday ready for an early start on Mondays. Flights are now available to book for travel from February 18, 2018.
Earlier this year the UK regional airline started its first services from the airport as it secured the future of Northern Ireland’s link with the Isle of Man, following Citywing’s liquidation. In September, Eastern Airways introduced a non-stop daily weekday service from Belfast City to Newcastle.
Sunday services to the Isle of Man will depart Belfast City at 5.50pm, landing in the Isle of Man at 6.25pm. Flights leave the Isle of Man at 7.10pm, arriving in Belfast City at 7.45pm. To Newcastle, Sunday services will leave Belfast City at 8.15pm arriving in Newcastle at 9.20pm. Flights depart Newcastle at 4.15pm, landing in Belfast City at 5.20pm.
Although Eastern Airways started its first Belfast City services in March, the airline entered a new partnership with long standing Belfast City Airport operator, Flybe, on October 29, 2017. All Eastern Airways flights are now bookable at Flybe.com and fares on its two routes from Belfast City start from £53.99 one way, including taxes and charges.
Mathew Herzberg, Eastern Airways’ Head of Commercial, said: “The introduction of Sunday services will open up weekend leisure traffic to the Isle of Man and Newcastle from Belfast City. Sunday flights will also benefit business travellers who can now reach the Isle of Man and Newcastle in advance for early Monday morning meetings. We do listen to customer feedback and continually review our schedules to meet their needs.”
Katy Best, Commercial and Marketing Director at Belfast City Airport, said: “The Isle of Man and Newcastle routes have proven to be extremely popular this year and the addition of new Sunday services is fantastic news for passengers. We have been recognised for our strong, successful partnerships with our airlines and we are delighted that Eastern Airways has recognised the market potential in Northern Ireland through the introduction of further services. We are confident of continuing to grow our UK and European route network further in the future.”
Eastern Airways has a fleet consisting of two Embraer 170 and three Embraer 145 jets, as well as one ATR 72-600, eight Saab 2000s and 17 Jetstream 41 aircraft.