In addition to yesterday’s blog regarding the new rail link from Oxford to London, there is now news that a start-up regional airline plans to run flights between Oxford and Edinburgh. Flights by Varsity Express will be operated by 18-seat Jetstream 31 aircraft.

Flights will run daily on weekdays from 1st March and promotional fares have gone on sale at £49 one way, including taxes and charges, through to 12th March. Lead in fares will then be available starting at £49 and flexible fares from £149.

Varsity Express has reached agreement with Copenhagen-based WorldTicket Sell-More-Seats as its e-ticket technology provider. The aircraft will be operated under an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) wet lease arrangement with Humberside-based aviation company Linksair Ltd.

The aircraft being leased previously flew with British Airways’ franchise operator Sun-Air, and has been refurbished, including a new paint scheme and interior cabin design with leather seating.

Commercial director Will Gilligan said: “We have been looking to start a regular shuttle service on this sought after route for some time. Oxford is the third most visited English city by international visitors (10 million per annum) and Edinburgh is the second most popular destination, after London, in the UK.

“We anticipate carrying 6,500 passengers in our first year in a mix of 55% business, 45% travelling on leisure.”