There was an enthusiastic reaction from sources in Gibraltar and the UK at yesterday's announcement that Eastern Airways is to begin operating flights to Gibraltar from Southampton and Birmingham in May.
The UK-based airline will begin its flights from Southampton on 24 May, and from Birmingham on 28th. They will both run twice a week initially, on Mondays and Fridays.
This will be the first ever scheduled passenger service to Gibraltar from Southampton, and a resumption of the Midlands route which ceased to exist four years ago with the demise of the Monarch airline.
The services between Birmingham, Southampton and Gibraltar will be operated by Eastern Airways' Embraer 190 e-Jet fleet. which includes the type being based at Southampton for the first-time.
Gibraltar's Minister for Business, Tourism, Transport and the Port, Vijay Daryanani, told SUR in English during an interview shortly before Christmas that he was in contact with several airlines and airports in the UK with a view to expanding links with Gibraltar.
More to come
Daryanani said the government is keen to ensure that the tourism sector recovers and flourishes after the pandemic so this work is continuing, and he is committed to adding further routes and more carriers in due course.
Tickets for the Southampton and Birmingham flights are already on sale, starting from £74.99 one-way, including taxes and a hold-bag as standard.