LONDON – Supporting the calls of the Humber green clean-tech energy sector, British regional airline Eastern Airways are set to commence scheduled services to Esbjerg, Denmark.
Considered to be fundamental to the Humber region’s economic prosperity, the new three-weekly service to Esbjerg will commence on Wednesday 14 December.
Esbjerg is the renewable energy hub of Denmark and home to many of the Humber regions key businesses. From the route inauguration in December, services will operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday year-round.
Roger Hage, commercial director, Eastern Airways, said: “This is a major dual development for the Humber region as we join the UK centre for renewable energy with Esbjerg in the west of Denmark.”
“The renewable energy sector is fundamental to the employment and growth in the Humber as the Energy Estuary.”
“With so many key renewable sector companies and an increasing focus on clean-tech energy self-sufficiency in the UK & Denmark, the increasing need to connect the investment, skills and expertise of the regions have never been greater.”
“With Billund little more than an hour from Esbjerg, Legoland and various high-quality leisure destinations in the Syddanmark region of Southern Denmark, we know Denmark will appeal widely given its rich history with the Humber ports region.”
Susanne Kruse Sørensen, managing director, Esbjerg Airport added: “Eastern Airways has been a long-standing partner on this city-pair. The airline has already operated corporate charter flights between Esbjerg and Humberside during the last few years. The wind energy and maritime sectors are particularly asking for a direct route to ease crew changes and staff deployment on wind farms. Moving to a scheduled route is the logical way to improve service for customers. We are really looking forward to welcoming Eastern Airways in Esbjerg.”
Camilla Carlbom Flinn, director of Humber Marine & Renewables, of which Eastern Airways is the latest member, said: “The investment from Eastern Airways is brilliant news for the region’s business connectivity and indicative of the vibrance of the renewables sector.”
“We are delighted that they have joined Humber Marine & Renewables and we expect that our members will enjoy the convenience of this new service to Esbjerg. We wish them every success in this exciting new venture.”
Recent resumption of Newquay service
Additionally, the popular Cornwall Airport Newquay service which was only launched last summer, has also been doubled in frequency to 4 x weekly for the Summer.
Services on the Newquay route are set to commence on 7 April 2023, operating on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from Spring, while Jersey in the Channel Islands sees an extended season and is back weekly from Saturday 13 May 2023.
Roger Hage also commented on the Newquay service, saying: “Adding to the further investment in operations, crew and infrastructure to support the new destination of Esbjerg, we have also doubled the frequency of the Newquay-Cornwall service, improving the access to the UK staycation destination of choice.”
“We are also extending the length of operating season to the popular Channel Island destination of Jersey from Humberside Airport in conjunction with our primary partner Premier Holidays.
“We want to ensure the right services are being offered given Eastern Airways is all about supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places, so growing our Humberside network and capacity is a crucial part of increasing connectivity and aiding economic recovery where sustainable.”
Eastern Airways fleet
The UK’s regional airline will operate the mix of new and increased services on one if its fleet of 72-seat ATR or 29-seat BAe Jetstream 41, both offering one of the lowest fuel-burn and emissions in the market today.
This has included operating on SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) which both aircraft can offer.