Northeast gets new nonstop flights to 6 cities across U.K. and Ireland, including London
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Teesside International Airport will once again be connected to London with direct flights to London City Airport (LCY). The Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool and Teesside area has been without a connection to the capital for 11 years.
Once the route launches, the flights will be operated by Flybe partner airline Eastern Airways and will be bookable through the Flybe website. Flights between Teesside and London City (LCY) will start on 27 April with twice-daily services. Tickets for the route are not yet on sale.
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The route to London City is one of six new routes that will also connect Teesside to Belfast (BHD), Cardiff (CWL), Dublin (DUB) and Southampton (SOU) next month, as well as seasonal service to Isle of Man (IOM) as of 30 May. The new routes will see an additional 37 flights per week to Teesside Airport (MME).
The first route to start is Cardiff on 10 February, operated by British Aerospace Jetstream 41 aircraft and tickets are available for purchase. Flights will operate five times per week from Monday to Friday. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Teesside to Cardiff flight will operate as follows:
- BE7631 Teesside (MME) 1:35 p.m. Departure ⇒ Cardiff (CWL) 2:50 p.m. Arrival
With a slight variation on Fridays:
- BE7631 Teesside (MME) 12:45 p.m. Departure ⇒ Cardiff (CWL) 2:10 p.m. Arrival
The return leg from Cardiff to Teesside will be the same from Monday to Friday:
- BE7632 Cardiff (CWL) 10:20 a.m. Departure ⇒ Teesside (MME) 11:45 p.m. Arrival
Schedules for the remaining routes have not yet been released. The scheduled start date for Belfast (six-weekly), Dublin (six-weekly) and Southampton (twice-daily) is 9 March.
“For too long, we’ve lacked this most basic connection, which is why I”m delighted to announce today’s new services which will bring the Tees Valley even closer to the capital with a twice-daily service”, said Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.
For travellers in the Northeast, the only existing direct link to the capital is from Newcastle Airport (NCL) to Heathrow (LHR), operated by British Airways. Previous routes from Newcastle (NCL) to Gatwick (LGW) with EasyJet and Teesside (MME) to London (LHR) with Bmibaby were scrapped. The new connection from Teesside (MME) to London (LCY) is the only link from the region to City Airport and gives the Northeast more choice when planning travel to the capital.
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