THE first international flight to leave Southampton this year has taken to the skies today, full of very eager travellers.

The Eastern Airways flight to Gibraltar took-off this morning, and also marked the first ever scheduled service to Gibraltar - one of the few UK Government Green list destinations - from the city.

Daily Echo:

Roger Hage, GM, Eastern Airways, said: “What a welcome sign of summer and return to enjoying the sun in the Mediterranean this first service from Southampton to Gibraltar marks. "

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport said: “We are incredibly excited to welcome Eastern passengers on their inaugural Gibraltar flight.

"It’s a very special moment for us our first international flight of 2021 and a sign of restart and recovery after this awful pandemic.”

UK-based Eastern Airwayswas formed in 1997 and has already expanded connectivity to Belfast-City, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Teesside, Dublin, Nantes and Rennes from Southampton Airport.