This latest announcement follows the news last month that Eastern Airways had increased services on the Southampton – Leeds Bradford service from three to four flights each weekday in each direction.
A larger 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft will operate services with an additional 3,700 seats per month available on the route from Monday 2 November 2015. The change of aircraft will also result in improvements to the schedule.
Weekday flights will leave Southampton at 8.25am, 11.30am, 4.15pm and 7.25pm, arriving in Leeds Bradford at 9.30am, 12.35pm, 5.20pm and 8.30pm. Flights from Leeds Bradford will depart at 6.50am, 10am, 2.30pm and 5.50pm, landing in Southampton at 7.55am, 11.05am, 3.35pm and 6.55pm. Sunday services will leave Southampton at 6.45pm and Leeds Bradford at 4.50pm.
Hampshire and the south coast of England has strong business links with Yorkshire, particularly in finance, insurance, IT, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, construction and manufacturing industries. Leeds Bradford Airport is also the gateway to the cities of Leeds, Bradford, York and Sheffield, as well as tourist attractions including the countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and stunning seaside coastline.
Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: “By increasing capacity and recently upping the frequency of services due to the popularity of this important route, this demonstrates our firm commitment to both regions. We’re providing greater choice with more seats, a business-focused schedule with improved adjustments to timings to meet increased demand from business travellers commuting between these two vibrant business centres.”
Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport’s marketing & communications director, said: “We are delighted that Eastern Airways are increasing capacity on this popular and well established air link between Southampton and Leeds. This route is used frequently by business people and those visiting friends and relatives, as an easy and quick way of travelling between Hampshire and Yorkshire”.
The UK regional airline has been operating from Southampton for over 12 years and as well as flying to Leeds Bradford it offers services to Aberdeen from the south coast airport.
Fast track security channels are offered at both Southampton and Leeds Bradford airports for all Eastern Airways passengers to avoid any security queues. This enables the airline to close check-in just 30 minutes before the departure time. Complimentary drinks and snacks are offered onboard the aircraft and passengers are not charged for check-in, baggage or choice of seat.