Eastern Airways has announced plans to launch flights between Teesside International airport and London Heathrow next month.
The route will commence on September 14, initially operating daily using a 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft.
It will be Eastern Airways’ first ever scheduled flights to Heathrow, and the first Teesside-Heathrow service for over a decade. The route has previously been operated by the now defunct Bmi, which offered multiple daily flights.
The new service marks a continued period of expansion for Eastern Airways at Teesside – the carrier also launched flights to London City airport on July 6, as well as to Newquay from the same date.
Eastern Airways will use Terminal 2 at Heathrow, with flight schedules as follows:
Teesside to Heathrow
- T3333 will depart Teesside at 0815 on Saturday, 1240 Monday-Friday, and 1340 on Sunday, arriving at 0925, 1350 and 1450 respectively
Heathrow to Teesside
- T3338 will depart Heathrow at 1030 on Saturday, 1430 Monday-Friday, and 1530 on Sunday, arriving at 1140, 1540 and 1640 respectively
Fares start from £54.99 each way, including taxes, charges and 15kg of hold luggage.
Commenting on the news Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:
“Since I did a deal to take back control of our airport last year to save it from closure, we’ve announced some brilliant new daily and seasonal routes.
“But whenever I’ve revealed a new service people have said, ‘that’s great, but what about a connection to Heathrow?’ Well, I can now say we have flights to one of our most-requested destinations, and it starts next month. Whether people from Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are looking to travel for business or pleasure, they now have a range of options for getting to London.
“This is another massive vote of confidence in our airport and I’d like to thank Heathrow and Eastern Airways for working with us to realise a key route for any serious airport.
“Our airport is much more than just flights though; it is hugely important to our local economy and it is playing a key part in my plan for jobs. I’ve always said that investment won’t come on a bus, it will come through our airport terminal which in turn will create good quality local jobs for local workers.”