Flights to Nantes and Rennes in France will commence in April from the Hampshire facility
Eastern Airways is set to introduce the first two of its planned French regional destinations from its Southampton hub in April this year.
Services to Rennes/Bretagne will begin on April 29 and flights to Nantes/Atlantique will commence the following day.
Initially, both destinations will have services running thrice weekly, with connections to Nantes operating on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, whilst links to Rennes will start on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
“Given Southampton’s prominence in connecting the UK and France, while also being within an hour of London by rail directly outside the terminal door, it is an exciting development for all,” said Roger Hage, general manager for Eastern Airways. “With additional new destinations to follow in the coming days and weeks, Eastern Airways is committed to supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places, so adding further services at hubs we already serve is another crucial part in the economic recovery and prosperity of the South-Coast hub.”
Both destinations were Flybe routes prior to its collapse in March last year. These are the first French destinations to be restored by Eastern Airways, adding to the Belfast City, Manchester, Leeds/Bradford and Teesside routes already in service.
Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport, said: “It is also encouraging that the airline is expanding its route map at the airport during these challenging times and will once again provide those travelling from Southampton and beyond fantastic connectivity to these ever-popular French destinations.”
Founded in 1997, the carrier also has a codeshare partnership focused on the Southampton base with Guernsey’s airline Aurigny to help optimise travel to the Channel Islands.