Regional carrier Eastern Airways has announced a new route between Humberside and Cornwall Newquay airports.

The twice-weekly service will operate on Mondays and Fridays from April 1, departing Humberside at 1110, and returning from Newquay at 1305.

Eastern said that the timings had been “designed to provide maximum opportunity for long weekend stays, weekly commuting and those who also wish to visit friends or family, avoiding the otherwise seven hour drive or eight hour rail journey between the regions”.

Fares start from £74.99 each way, including 15kg of checked luggage.

There are few scheduled services from Humberside airport – Eastern operates year-round flights to Aberdeen, as well as a seasonal service to Jersey, while KLM flies between Amsterdam Schiphol and Humberside.

Commenting on the news Adam Wheatley, managing director of Eastern Airways, said:

“Helping solve vital regional connectivity is what Eastern Airways have done for twenty five years. From our home base at Humberside, the addition of Cornwall Newquay, our newest base, helps connect one of the most distant surface transport journeys from the Humber Bank, Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK.

“We are delighted to add Humberside to our London Gatwick service from Cornwall Newquay, adding to our existing services to Aberdeen which we have served continuously since 1997 and the return for the third year of Jersey which commences in May.

“All services from Humberside operate on low emission aircraft fitting our belief in how sustainable aviation can meet the need of the UK economy and extensive connectivity into the future.

“This also comes at a time when we are delighted to be adding new roles to support our expansion of services across our network”.

Eastern Airways recently announced plans to return to the Wick-Aberdeen route, with up to two flights per day from April 11.

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