UK regional carrier Eastern Airways is to operate its own scheduled network independently following the collapse of Flybe.
The Humberside airport-based airline, which had been a Flybe franchise partner, said it would “continue to work closely with the travel trade”, as well as selling routes through its website.
Eastern Airways said it would continue to “operate as normal” and would honour any tickets on the former Flybe services it operates for travel on Thursday (5 March), Friday (6 March), Sunday (8 March) and Monday (9 March).
The carrier will also take over three new former Flybe routes – Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle – from next week.
Tony Burgess, Eastern Airways’ managing director, said: “We do extend sympathy to all Flybe staff and their families following the sad news that Flybe has ceased trading.
“As a former franchise partner of Flybe, this will not impact on any flights and routes operated by Eastern Airways.
“Revised booking facilities on Eastern Airways services will be advised on EasternAirways.com, which includes the quick recovery on Aberdeen-Birmingham, Southampton-Manchester and Southampton-Newcastle routes.
“Eastern Airways remains fully committed to providing regional connectivity with business links to capital cities and industrial centres.”