Eastern Airways of the United Kingdom has started services between Dublin and Southampton. This is great news for people looking to get cruises out of that famous British port.

Once upon a time I took the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2 on a voyage from New York to Southampton. Flying back directly from there would have been much more convenient than going via London which I ended up doing.

Eastern Airways Schedule

At the moment, flights are scheduled four times a week on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. They leave Southampton at 08:50 and arrive in Dublin at 10:05.

Return services leave Ireland at 10:45, landing back in England at 12 midday. These flights are operated by the ATR72-600, which Irish passengers will find familiar as they are the same type previously used by Aer Lingus Regional.

Who Are Eastern Airways?

Eastern Airways were founded in 1997 and operate a fleet of BAe Jetstream 41s, Embraer 135, 145, 170 and 190 jets, as well as the ATR turboprops. They fly primarily around the British Isles, as well as to Gibraltar.

Their head office is located at Humberside Airport and they carry around 800,000 passengers per year. Fares offer Fast-Track at Aberdeen and Leeds Bradford, and they provide lounge access to selected customers at Southampton and Leeds Bradford, with Cardiff planned to follow.

Overall Thoughts

It is great to see another route return to service as things slowly get back to normal after the pandemic. Eastern Airways plan to increase the route to a daily service in due course, which will be very handy for business and leisure.

You can book flights on the Eastern Airways website right here. Their tagline makes me smile as well – “Why fly any other way?” – on this route, you actually have no choice!

Have you flown with Eastern Airways before? Will you use this new route? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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