New route added at airport in 2014

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SOUTHAMPTON Airport has announced plans to expand it’s network of services in the new year.

Eastern Airways, the UK’s second largest regional airline, will expand its route network for 2014 - adding flights between Leeds and Southampton.

The plans for the expansion come after the news that Flybe is intending to withdraw its services using this domestic route early next year.

Starting from January 20, 2014, Eastern Airways will provide daily services from both Leeds Bradford Airport and Southampton Airport, with the addition of a Sunday afternoon service too. The added services are aimed to provide flexibility for both commercial and leisure travellers, providing links between two key commercial centres in the UK in a quick and simple way.

Jan Halliday, director of marketing at the airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Eastern Airways back onto this key air link between two important business centres. Southampton has strong business links with Yorkshire and the north of England, particularly in the finance, manufacturing and construction industries.’

The network route also provides access for people from the north of England to the cruise ships that depart from Southampton to destinations such as America, Europe, the Baltic and the Caribbean.

Weekday services will leave Southampton Airport at 8.20am, 4.05pm and 6.40pm to provide convenience for business travellers.