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"It is not clear yet what the impact will be on Jersey"

Friday 08 July 2022

"It is not clear yet what the impact will be on Jersey"

Friday 08 July 2022

Jersey Airport's Director says it is "not yet clear" what impact BA's decision to cut 10,300 short-haul flights from its schedule will have on the island.

As well as London City, the cuts will affect London Heathrow and London Gatwick - both of which operate routes to Jersey.

BA said the decision was the result of the "significant challenges" it was facing as a result of staff shortages.

Cancellations had been expected - the UK government had launched an "amnesty" to the rules surrounding slot allocation, which runs out today. This allows carriers to change their schedules without facing a financial penalty.

Jersey Airport Director Robin MacRae said his team was "in contact with British Airways".

"They have stated that their objective is to consolidate some services to protect as many of their holiday flights as possible," he explained.

"As yet, it is not clear yet what the impact will be on Jersey.

"We do expect to receive a revised summer schedule from British Airways shortly, however we do not currently know what the exact changes will be. As soon as we have more information, we will share what we know."

In April, BA signed a five-year deal with Ports of Jersey to guarantee services to and from Heathrow until 2027.

Mr MacRae said that, despite recent events, the deal remains secure.

"The five-year deal with British Airways is a long-term strategic commitment to develop HUB connectivity for the benefit of the island," he commented.

"The challenges facing the industry today are short term, focused on the 2022 summer season, and should not impact on our long-term agreement or relationship with British Airways."

BA is assuring passengers that it will offer to rebook new flights or issue a full refund in the event of cancellation.


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