Eastern Airways has announced two new services to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar for this summer.

Flights from Southampton will launch on May 24, followed by Birmingham on May 28. Both routes will initially operate twice weekly using Embraer 190 aircraft.

The carrier said that the move would represent the first scheduled passenger service between Southampton and Gibraltar, while the resumption of flights from Birmingham marks the end of a four-year gap following the demise of Monarch.

British Airways served Gibraltar from Heathrow, while Easyjet operates flights from Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh (starting May 4).

Wizz Air recently launched flights to the British Overseas Territory from Luton.

Wizz Air adds Luton routes to Gibraltar and Madeira

Commenting on the news Roger Hage, GM for Eastern Airways, said:

“This marks a major development in the network Eastern Airways offers as our first regular scheduled services to the Mediterranean peninsula adjoining Spain. The new services see both our return to Birmingham Airport as an operator while extending the growing number of destinations served from our Southampton hub.

“With a quality array of hotels, beaches, water-sports and heritage, this UK territory offers an exciting short-break destination aside from its role in UK business, notably financial services and maritime.

“With easy access to the south-coast of Spain also a benefit, working together with HM Government of Gibraltar has enabled this to be the first service to be announced, supporting UK regional airports and their role in direct UK and European connectivity.”

Eastern Airways recently announced the addition of two French routes from Southampton airport this spring, offering three times weekly services on former Flybe routes to Rennes Bretagne and Nantes Atlantique.

Eastern Airways to launch flights from Southampton to Nantes and Rennes