Ports of Jersey has released the set of destinations islanders will soon be able to fly to after covid-19 travel restrictions lifted.
The 18-strong list of routes is being offered by a returning easyJet and BA, as well as Blue Islands, Estrela and FlyDirect. The schedule is expected to run from late August/September until October.
Many of the routes operated by Blue Islands, which recently received a £10m loan from Jersey's government, were scooped up following Flybe’s collapse.
It has now entered into agreement with Loganair – the UK’s largest regional carrier – to help boost connectivity even further.
Under the arrangement, Loganair flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle to Southampton will connect with Blue Islands flights to Guernsey and Jersey.
Blue Islands’ Chief Executive Rob Veron said the link-up with Loganair will expand the Channel Island airline's route network across the UK.
“We are excited to form this new partnership with Loganair, hand in hand with a significant expansion of our own route network after 15 years of Channel Islands’ centred operations," he said. "It further enhances Blue Islands’ commitment to deliver robust and reliable regional air connectivity. We are delighted to be able to offer customers an extended route network with the peace of mind of guaranteed connections, Air Passenger Duty savings and the easy convenience of checked-through hold luggage in a single ticket."
Pictured: Loganair and Blue Islands crews and aircraft in Southampton Airport.
Loganair operates 43 aircraft, predominantly on routes through Scotland, and is the UK’s largest regional airline. Blue Islands, which recently secured a £10m loan from the States of Jersey, operates five aircraft and is expanding its network from its traditional Channel Island bases with new UK services including Manchester to Exeter and Manchester to Southampton following the failure of Flybe in early March.
Blue Islands has also recently completed its move to the same Videcom booking system as that used by Loganair.
Mr Veron said this would provide certainty of systems connectivity and guarantee a 'seamless" transfer between flights for customers and their checked baggage.
Mr Veron added: “Whether flying for business, leisure or visiting friends and family, this partnership once again boosts regional connectivity for the communities we serve in the Channel Islands and the UK using our Manchester and Southampton hubs to connect to destinations on the Loganair route network.
Pictured: Rob Veron said Blue Islands has recently completed its move to the same booking system as Loganair.
"Furthermore, it will provide vital support for our visitor economies, particularly in the Channel Islands as we can welcome Loganair customers from Scotland and the north east onto our services to Guernsey and Jersey.”
The new links are not yet available to book via the respective airlines’ websites, but will be "soon", according to a spokesperson for Blue Islands.
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