35 minutes added on to Aberdeen to London flights

The Aberdeen to London City service will stop at Newcastle
The Aberdeen to London City service will stop at Newcastle

A revamped air route will leave Aberdeen earlier and arrive later, an airline has confirmed.

The Evening Express reported last week that Eastern Airways, which runs the route between Aberdeen Airport and London City, is introducing a stop in Newcastle from January 7.

There had been confusion as the airline, which runs the service on behalf of Flybe, said the revised timetable will see flights land 15 minutes later.

Passengers and politicians reacted in disbelief, saying it would be “overly ambitious” for a plane to land in Newcastle, pick up passengers and leave again within quarter of an hour.

However, Eastern Airways has now said 35 minutes has been added to the trip.

The flight will leave 20 minutes earlier and arrive 15 minutes later.

Eastern Airways general manager for commercial operations Roger Hage said: “Morning flights will leave 20 minutes earlier at 6.45am, arriving at London City at 9.15am – just 15 minutes later than the current time, which is the most convenient way to reach Canary Wharf and the City of London from Aberdeen.”

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Sam McCallum, who is from Aberdeen and lives in London, said: “Assuming everything does run smoothly, it leaves passengers heading to central London with the choice of a longer flight, with a shorter journey after arrival, or a shorter flight – from Aberdeen to Heathrow or Luton – and then a longer journey after arrival.”

An Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce spokesman said: “Connectivity to regional and international markets is vital for north-east businesses. While it is disappointing to lose a direct route, ensuring we continue to have regular, daily air links between Aberdeen and London is the bigger priority.”

Mr Hage added: “By operating the service this way, it also enables us to increase our Aberdeen to Newcastle flights to three times a day on weekdays, and helps retain this London link.”