Newcastle gets direct Lord Howe Island link with Eastern Air Services

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Eastern Air Services (EAS) will connect Newcastle with Lord Howe Island from November, giving Novocastrians direct passenger flights to a slice of NSW paradise, and Lord Howe Island residents an easy path to the state’s Hunter Region.

Running once per week from 14 November 2020, flights will depart both Newcastle and Lord Howe Island on Saturdays, creating the perfect excuse to spend a week exploring your own backyard.

Leaving Lord Howe Island at 10:00am, the aircraft will fly to Newcastle in just under two hours, for those heading west: then at 12:45pm, takes off once more, to ferry passengers from Newcastle to Lord Howe Island for a mid-afternoon arrival.

Operating daysSaturdays
Distance433 miles / 696 km
Flight time1 hour 50 minutes (NTL-LDH and LDH-NTL)
AircraftBeechcraft B200
Seating capacity10 passengers
Loyalty programNone

“Our team is getting very excited,” the company shared on its Facebook page, noting that the flights had come together “with the professional team at Newcastle Airport,” which is jointly owned by the City of Newcastle and the Port Stephens Council.

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One-way fares from Newcastle start from $727.06 including taxes and charges (or $739.78 if paying by credit card, including a credit card surcharge). Expectedly, return flights from Newcastle cost $1,454.11 (or $1,479.56 by credit card).

Fares include 15kg of total baggage per passenger, with check-in required no later than 45 minutes prior to departure.

The new Eastern Air Services route from Newcastle complements the airline’s existing Lord Howe Island service from Port Macquarie: these being the only other EAS scheduled passenger flights, other than its scenic experience flights and private charter flights.

EAS isn’t the only airline adding a new route to Newcastle in November, with Link Airways launching flights between Newcastle and Canberra from 20 November: initially with four return services each week, increasing to 11 weekly return flights on the route in 2021.



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