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Eastern Airways is a British airline whose head office is based at Humberside Airport in Kirmington, North Lincolnshire, England.

First founded in 1997, the airline’s legal name is Air Kilroe Limited but does it’s trading as Eastern Airways.

Eastern Airways flies to many domestic and international destinations including Aberdeen, Bergen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Humberside, Paris Orly, Norwich, Rodez, Newcastle, Leeds Bradford, Southampton, Stavanger, Stornoway, Wick John O'Groats and Norwegian connections.

Eastern Airways has a codeshare agreement with Widerøe. You can also search for Widerøe flights here.

Eastern Airways operates scheduled domestic, international services and private charter services. Around 800,000 passengers a year are carried on the scheduled route network. The airline specialises in providing regional flights in the United Kingdom, as they sought the gap in the market where larger carriers have moved away from providing flights to this market.

In 2017, the airline entered a franchise with Flybe, which meant that it will be flying Flybe's routes and carry its flight number. However, since Flybe went into administration in 2020, Eastern Airways has decided to resume independent operations again.

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Baggage Policy

Eastern Airways has different baggage rules for carry-on and checked baggage. Find out information on Eastern Airways' baggage policy, including weights and sizes below.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers on board an Eastern Airways flight are permitted one standard cabin bag, measuring a maximum of 55 x 35 x 20cm. In addition, passengers are permitted a small personal item which can fit under the seat in front of you. The total of these two items must not exceed 10kgs.

Checked Baggage

Passengers are entitled to checked baggage, Value and Standard fare passengers are entitled to one 15kg baggage and Flexible fare passengers can check-in one 23kg baggage. If you require assistance regarding your baggage allowance or excess baggage, please contact our customer service team.

Please note that because of Health and Safety regulations, all baggage exceeding 32kg will not be accepted by Eastern Airways.

Cabin Classes

Although Eastern Airways has only one type of class in its cabins, you can personalise your flying experience by purchasing different fares:


This is the most basic fare with Eastern Airways, and simply includes a seat on the plane and cabin baggage. These tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable but will be offered onboard catering. Lounge access is available at Aberdeen and fast track is available at Aberdeen, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.


The standard ticket has the same rights as the Value ticket. However, the standard ticket includes the flexibility to change your ticket with a charge.


This is the most premium fare on Eastern Airways. The ticket is fully flexible, with unlimited changes at no charge for fees or fare difference. Passengers also get the same access to lounges and fast track at the airport, with the addition of Southampton, Leeds Bradford and Cardiff for Lounge Access. In addition to the hand baggage included in the other fares, passengers can enjoy 2 x 23 kg of hold baggage.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

Currently, there is no in-flight entertainment available onboard an Eastern Airways flight.


Wi-Fi is not available onboard Eastern Airways flights at this moment in time.

Food & Drink

There are catering services onboard to ensure passengers have food during the flight. There are also alcoholic beverages available to all passengers. Some of the food included onboard Eastern Airways flights are hand-cooked crisps, flapjacks, sweets and other locally sourced products.


Eastern Airways offers online and airport check-in for its passengers. We advise that you check in online for a quick and easy airport journey.

Online Check-in

As of May 2020, online or mobile check-in is offered as an option to passengers on Eastern Airways flights.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in desks open 90 minutes before and close 30 minutes before to the scheduled departure time. Please note that Eastern Airways will not accept any late passengers, so please ensure that you leave plenty of time for check-in and boarding.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Eastern Airways currently don't offer a frequent flyer programme.

Airline Alliance

Eastern Airways does not belong to any airline alliance.

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Destinations that Eastern Airways flies to

As of May 2020, these are the destinations that the airline flies to. These include Alicante, Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Southampton and more. The airline is also adding new routes from Teesside to Newquay and Leeds Bradford to Newquay in early July 2020.

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Hub Airport

Aberdeen Airport

The airport serves as the main heliport for the Scottish offshore oil industry as well as Eastern Airways. With the utilisation of newer aircraft, helicopters can reach northernmost platforms on both the East and West of Shetland areas. The airport has one main passenger terminal, serving scheduled and charter holiday flights.

Airlines that fly from and to Aberdeen Airport include British AirwaysAir FranceKLM and Lufthansa.


Eastern Airways mainly focuses on regional services, hence, their fleet consists of multiple regional jets. As of May 2020, Eastern Airways' fleet includes Jetstream 41, Embraer ERJ135, Embraer ERJ145, Embraer 170, SAAB 200 and ATR72-600.

Frequently asked questions

Who owns Eastern Airways?

Following the collapse of Flybe, Eastern Airways reemerged by founder Richard Lake OBE in 2020.

Which terminal at Gatwick is Eastern Airways?

Eastern Airways doesn't have a set terminal at Gatwick Airport, which means it's important that you check which terminal you're flying from prior to your departure.

Who are Eastern Airways?

Eastern Airways are a British airline that operates scheduled domestic, and international services and private charter services around the United Kingdom.