A NEW route has been announced by Southampton Airport directly connecting the North to the South.

Eastern Airways will be operating 10 flights a week from Southampton to Teesside International Airport, offering point to point connection for business travellers and cruise holiday-makers.

There will be two flights on offer from Monday to Thursday, one flight on Fridays and Sundays and no service on Saturdays.

Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said: “I am pleased to announce that Eastern Airways will be adding yet another route between the north and the south of the country.

“Regional connectivity is vital for the economic prosperity of all regions of the UK, and continued investment is crucial in order to serve the country’s needs.

All flights will be bookable and on sale at flybe.com in the coming days, and fares will start from £69.99 one-way including taxes and charges.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, added: “This is a significant strategic partnership for both the airline and airport to develop the number of destinations available between the two airports.

“The mix of business and leisure travellers in the region will benefit from this expansion of aircraft operating a broad Teesside network of Flybe routes operated by Eastern Airways, including a number of onward connections in the wider Flybe network.”