Regional airline reaches for the skies with extra flights from its home airport

Humberside-based regional airline, Eastern Airways, has confirmed the launch of a new route to Esbjerg in Denmark.

It will also double the number of its Newquay flights and resume its link to Jersey.

The new three times a week service to Esbjerg will start on 14 December. Services will operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday year-round.

Additionally, the Cornwall Airport Newquay service which was launched last summer, has been doubled in frequency to four times a week for the summer, with services starting on 7 April, operating on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from spring.

Jersey in the Channel Islands sees an extended season and is back weekly from 13 May.

With the established Aberdeen service operated up to twice daily and now connecting to Wick John O’Groats, Eastern Airways will be offering five destinations from its home base in Humberside.

Roger Hage, commercial director at the airline, said: “This is a major development for the Humber region as we join the UK centre for renewable energy with Esbjerg in the West of Denmark.

“The renewable energy sector is fundamental to the employment and growth in the Humber as the Energy Estuary.

“With so many key renewable sector companies and an increasing focus on clean-tech energy self-sufficiency in the UK and Denmark, the increasing need to connect the investment, skills and expertise of the regions have never been greater.

“With Billund little more than an hour from Esbjerg, Legoland and various high-quality leisure destinations in the
Syddanmark region of Southern Denmark, we know Denmark will appeal widely given its rich history with the Humber ports region.

“Adding to the further investment in operations, crew and infrastructure to support the new destination of Esbjerg, we have also doubled the frequency of the Newquay-Cornwall service, improving the access to the UK staycation destination of choice.

“We are also extending the length of operating season to the popular Channel Island destination of Jersey from Humberside Airport in conjunction with our primary partner Premier Holidays.”

Susanne Kruse Sørensen, managing director, Esbjerg Airport added: “Eastern Airways has been a long-standing partner on this city-pair.

“The airline already operated corporate charter flights between Esbjerg and Humberside during the last 20 years.

“The wind energy and maritime sectors are particularly asking for a direct route to ease crew changes and staff deployment on wind farms.

“Moving to a scheduled route is the logical way to improve service for customers.”

Deborah Zost, managing director at Humberside Airport said: “This is excellent news for the airport, local businesses and leisure travellers.

“The route to Esbjerg is a significant step for The Humber, giving the UK’s Energy Estuary a new, direct and year-round link to this increasingly important renewable energy hub.

“And more flights to Cornwall over the summer will be warmly welcomed by holidaymakers and businesses alike.”