From 5 January 2014, the UK regional airline will offer two flights a day and a Sunday service from Lorient South Brittany to Lyon Saint Exupéry.
Since September 2010, Eastern Airways has been operating domestic flights in France from its Dijon base with services to both Bordeaux and Toulouse. This latest announcement further demonstrates the carrier’s commitment to serving the regions of France.
Weekday services will depart from Lorient at 0620 and 1645, arriving in Lyon at 0810 and 1835. Flights will leave Lyon on weekdays at 0840 and 1905, landing in Lorient at 1030 and 2055.
Sunday flights will depart Lorient at 1645, arriving in Lyon at 1835, with return flights leaving at 1905, arriving in Lorient at 2055.
Lorient, within the Morbihan prefecture, is located in the heart of southern Brittany in the north west of France and is the leading agriculture and fishing region for France. The region and Lorient have strong industrial links with Lyon in the electronics, telecoms, automobile and food processing sectors. The natural tourist attractions of the coast of southern Brittany attract many visitors, and the area offers numerous leisure activities, including sailing, golf and thalasso spas.
Lorient is also the country’s main naval base for construction and repairs and is “the town of five ports” with its military port, yachting marina, fishing port, industrial port and passenger port.
Lyon is the capital of the Rhone–Alps region in east-central France, the country’s second largest city and renowned for its gastronomy.
Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to be awarded this important contract to operate the Lorient South Brittany – Lyon Saint Exupéry route.
“This is a major step forward in the development of our domestic services in France. It is built on the back of the solid foundations that we put in place in Dijon, setting up a base and domestic services in 2010 to serve the Burgundy region.
“We play a key part in the local community in the Dijon, Côte d’Or and Burgundy area, and want to develop strong relationships with the CCI Morbihan and the regional tourism bodies as we provide a continuation of this essential Lorient air link to Lyon.”
For his part, Jean-François Le Tallec, President of the CCI of Morbihan, having the airport management responsibility, welcomes these new developments: "Eastern Airways is setting up a base in Lorient at a time when we are implementing a development plan for the airport platform. I am pleased to note that the company has real ambitions to grow."
A comprehensive network of domestic flights spanning the length and breadth of the UK is offered by Eastern Airways, as well as the services it provides from airports in Norway and France using a fleet of 30 aircraft consisting of regional jets and turbo prop aircraft.
Founded in 1997, Eastern Airways initially developed its UK network of scheduled services around the oil and gas offshore industry in the North Sea, with flights from the east coast of England to Aberdeen. The airline is the UK’s second largest regional carrier operating more flights from Aberdeen than any other carrier. It also flies from UK airports including Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Southampton.