Further to the announcement on 6 June, Flybe Group plc ("Flybe") is pleased to announce the start of its alliance with Eastern Airways (UK) Limited ("Eastern").

Flybe and Eastern have signed a joint revenue and risk sharing agreement, covering four Eastern aircraft, to fly existing Flybe branded routes from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. These flights start today, and will significantly enhance connectivity in Scotland.

The separate five year franchise agreement, in which Eastern will operate its scheduled route network under the Flybe brand, will commence on 29 October 2017 and tickets will be on sale for those flights early this month.

Christine Ourmieres-Widener, Flybe CEO said "Flybe is delighted to start operations with our new franchise partner, Eastern Airways. The flights, both under the franchise and risk-sharing agreements, demonstrate our long-term commitment to Scotland and provide much needed choice on some of the lifeline routes so critical to the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Flybe and Eastern together also offer a wealth of onward connections to the UK and the rest of the world and we look forward to welcoming passengers on board".