Eastern Airways Launches Flights To Gibraltar

Eastern Airways shared today that it will be launching flights to Gibraltar from Birmingham from May 28th. Flights on this route will be operated by the British carrier’s Embraer E190 jets and the price of tickets will start from £74.99 one-way.

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Taxes and 15kg hold luggage allowance is included in the price. Photo: Birmingham Airport

Back in action

Birmingham Airport is glad to be connected to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar again after four years. The flights will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. Flight T3 976 leaves Birmingham at 14:25 to arrive at Gibraltar International at 18:20. On the return, flight T3 975 leaves Gibraltar at 11:40 to land in the West Midlands at 13:35. All times are local.

Eastern Airways Boarding
Eastern Airways has a fleet of two ATR 72s, eight Jetstream 41s, three E145s, one E170, and one E190. Photo: Eastern Airways

Plenty of potential

In a statement, Eastern Airways GM Roger Hage shared his excitement about the move:

“This marks a major development in the network Eastern Airways offer as our first regular scheduled service to the Mediterranean peninsula adjoining Spain. 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 European connectivity.”

Birmingham Airport aviation director Tom Screen added the following about the launch, as per the release:

“It is great news that Eastern Airways is back at Birmingham offering customers the chance to fly direct to Gibraltar again, this route has been unserved from Birmingham since 2017.  Gibraltar is a popular destination to our leisure customers, for a sunny getaway, but also an important business route providing access to this British territory. We believe this route will be a sign of things to come as they develop their network further.”

Screen also emphasized that there are fully enhanced cleaning measures at Birmingham Airport and on Eastern Airways’ services. Ultimately, he expresses that passenger safety s of utmost importance.

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A new hotspot?

Additionally, there will be flights Eastern Airways flights to Gibraltar from Southampton from May. Connectivity to this area of the Iberian Peninsula hasn’t been so easy compared to many other airports in the area. However, Gibraltar is gaining the attention of airlines recently. For instance, at the end of last year, Wizz Air welcomed its first flight from London Luton to the territory.

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easyJet is one of the airlines that has offered decent connectivity to Gibraltar over the years. Photo: Getty Images

Following recent changes amid the pandemic and Brexit, Gibraltar may become an even more popular destination for travelers from the UK. There is a lot of history and plenty to see for such a small area. There are also several business opportunities due to the relaxed laws between the land and the United Kingdom. Therefore, it could prove to be a great place to visit.

Simple Flying reached out to Eastern Airways for further comment on these flights to Gibraltar from Birmingham. We will update the article with any further announcements from the airline.

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