Newcastle celebrated the launch of Flybe’s new route to London City on 7 January buy bringing in an iconic London Routemaster bus to see off the first departure. Flights are operated by Flybe franchise partner Eastern Airways. Eileen McBay, Sales Manager, Eastern Airways, joined Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development, Newcastle Airport on the Apron ahead of the inaugural departure.
At the other end of the route, Eileen McBay was welcomed by Peter Downes, Aviation Director, London City Airport. Flights on the 409-kilometre sector will be operated by Saab 2000s, with business-focused departure times from Newcastle. The sector will be served twice-daily on weekdays and once on Sunday evenings.
- Flybe introduced a new UK domestic service between Newcastle (NCL) and London City (LCY) on 7 January. Flights on the 409-kilometre connection will operate twice-daily on weekdays, with one flight on Sundays and none on Saturdays. The weekday flights have business-focused departure times, leaving Newcastle at 08:05 and 17:50 and arriving at London City at 09:15 and 19:00 respectively. Return flights leave London City at 09:45 and 19:30, arriving in Newcastle at 10:50 and 20:35 respectively. A Sunday evening service departs Newcastle at 17:50. The new service is operated by Flybe’s franchise partner Eastern Airways using its fleet of Saab 2000s and there is no direct competition, although British Airways offers up to four flights per day from Newcastle to London Heathrow. Richard Knight, COO, Newcastle Airport, said: “London City is a fantastic new service to add to our list of destinations, and we expect that it will particularity popular with busy business commuters heading down to the capital. We expect this service to deliver an increase of tourist traffic to and from the region.” Peter Downes, Aviation Director at London City Airport, said: “Journeys between the north east and central London are now easier and faster than ever, thanks to the new service operated by Eastern Airways. The convenience of London City Airport, just a few miles from major attractions and business districts, will appeal to all types of traveller.”