Cornwall Airport Newquay announces new service to Channel Islands

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that regional operator Blue Islands, a franchise partner of Flybe, will commence a new service to Jersey and Guernsey.

Starting June 3, Blue Islands will operate three times weekly throughout the summer season until August 31, with the service adding a further 3,600 seats at Cornwall Airport in 2019.

The carrier will operate the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, offering passengers a weekend break or full-week break in the Channel Islands. Flights will depart Cornwall at 12:10, arriving in Jersey one-hour later, with passengers then having the option to connect through to Guernsey. Return flights will leave Jersey at 10:40. The airline will use its ATR 42-320s on the route, laid out in a 46-seat configuration.

‘It is fantastic news that from this summer the Airport will have more flight options for our passengers, adding to our already confirmed new services to Copenhagen, plus London’s Heathrow and Southend Airports,’ commented Al Titterington, Managing Director, Cornwall Airport Newquay

‘The Channel Islands are currently hard to reach for passengers in our catchment, with them having to either drive hours to the nearest airport with direct services or having to drive to the UK South Coast and take a ferry, with this being a journey which could take up to eight hours or more. By offering this seamless one-hour flight to Jersey and onwards to Guernsey, we now have a much more sustainable and customer friendly option for people wanting to reach this part of the world, and for those in the Channel Islands wanting to visit our great county,’ Titterington added.

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO said: ‘The exciting addition of direct flights between Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Channel Islands means residents of both regions can now appreciate discovering the respective unique cultures and subtle nuances that exist beyond the stunning coastlines, quaint harbours, picturesque countryside, as well as buzzing beach and surf scenes.’

In 2019, Cornwall Airport will see the introduction of a four times daily hub connection to London Heathrow with Flybe, connecting Newquay, Cornwall and South West UK. In addition, the new airline partner SAS will begin a twice-weekly service to its hub at Copenhagen, the first time that Cornwall will have a direct link with Scandinavia, the airport said.

Blue Islands to resume flights from Cardiff to Guernsey for summer 2018

Blue Islands – Flybe’s franchise partner – is planning to resume its flights from Cardiff Airport to the island of Guernsey for this summer season, according to a release by the Airport.

With its beautiful coastline and hidden coves, abundant fresh seafood and rich history and culture, the island of Guernsey is popular for those seeking a weekend break. Starting from May 29, 2018, Blue Islands will operate direct flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Blue Islands had launched flights from Cardiff to Guernsey in 2017.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome one of our newest airlines, Blue Islands, back to Cardiff Airport this summer. The franchise agreement between Blue Islands and Flybe is an innovative way to offer our customers even more choice and value for money.

‘The island offers visitors a unique experience and boasts stunning scenery, and with two departures a week it’s great for a relaxing break that’s not too far from home. Additionally, this service offers visitors from Guernsey the perfect opportunity to visit Wales and to discover all that our stunning country has to offer.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, added, ‘Blue Islands continues its commitment to stimulate the Guernsey visitor economy by adding a direct link to a major city during summer. Thanks to our participation in Flybe’s sales channels, Guernsey will once again enjoy exposure to thousands of potential new visitors. With two flights a week and competitive pricing, we hope many of them will take the opportunity to visit our wonderful island. This link also provides islanders with another direct city break option, along with Cardiff being the gateway to the rest of Wales.’

On the Cardiff – Guernsey route, on Tuesdays, the flight will depart Cardiff at 1115 hours arriving Guernsey at 1215 hours, and on Saturdays the flight will depart Cardiff at 1405 hours, arriving Guernsey at 1505 hours. On the Guernsey – Cardiff route, on Tuesdays, the flight will depart Guernsey at 0945 hours arriving Cardiff at 1045 hours, and on Saturdays, the flight will depart Guernsey at 1235 hours arriving Cardiff at 1335 hours. The flight will operate from May 29 until September 1, 2018 and is available to book on Flybe’s website, the Airport noted.

Blue Islands to launch new route to Guernsey from Cardiff in summer 2017

Blue Islands, a new airline and a franchise partner of Flybe, will launch a new direct service from Wales’ Cardiff Airport to Guernsey in the Channel Islands for the summer 2017 season, according to a news release by the airport.

The new flights to Guernsey will begin on Tuesday May 2, 2017, operating three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout next summer until September 30, 2017. The new service will be operated using Blue Islands’ 68-seat ATR 72 aircraft. Flights are available for booking with fares starting from £39.99 one way at Flybe.com.

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome another airline to Cardiff Airport. The franchise agreement between Blue Islands and Flybe is an innovative way to offer our customers even more choice and value for money, as demonstrated by the introduction of a new service to Guernsey.

‘The island offers visitors a unique experience and boasts stunning scenery, and with three departures a week it’s ideal for a short, relaxing break. Additionally this offers residents the perfect opportunity to visit Wales and to discover all that our stunning country has to offer.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said: ‘Blue Islands is committed to the rejuvenation of our tourism industry and we hope this new route will be a valuable boost to our island’s visitor economy. With the added benefit of our Flybe franchise, Blue Islands is also better equipped than ever to encourage the 1.8m audience surrounding Cardiff Airport to discover our beautiful island.’

‘We are working closely with Visit Guernsey, Visit Wales, Guernsey and Cardiff airports. As well as attracting new visitors to Guernsey, with a flight time of just one hour, this new service provides islanders with an exciting new direct destination, perfect for city breaks. Cardiff offers wonderful shopping, heritage, world-class entertainment and of course the gateway to discovering South Wales and all that this stunning region has to offer.’

Flybe had in October released its first set of flights for summer 2017, with the addition of a brand new route to Rome departing on Tuesday and Saturdays starting from March next year. Fares to the Italian capital starts from £24.99 each way at Flybe.com.

Easyjet withdraws plans for Guernsey to Gatwick route, takes over FlyBe’s Newcastle to Gatwick route

Easyjet, a UK-based airline, has withdrawn its application for a licence to operate to and from Guernsey, The BBC has reported.

The airline was planning to fly between the island and Gatwick from 2014. The company carried out a commercial evaluation, taking into account uncertainty around plans to give exclusivity on the route to Guernsey airline, Aurigny, a spokesman reportedly said.

Easyjet purchased landing slots at Gatwick airport from Flybe in May for £20m. Flybe currently operates 34 flights per week to Gatwick from Guernsey and 28 flights a week from Jersey, but will stop flying the route from March 29, 2014. Flybe had sold the slots, blaming an increase in airport charges.

EasyJet’s withdrawal move comes as Guernsey treasury minister, Gavin St Pier, urged the protection of Aurigny from competition. He has sought changes to the policies followed by Guernsey’s air route licensing authority in relation to the Gatwick route.

In other news concerning the budget carrier, Chronicle Live reported that easyJet would take over FlyBe’s cancelled Newcastle to Gatwick route.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager said: ‘We are pleased to add London Gatwick to the list of destinations served from Newcastle International Airport and continue to demonstrate our commitment to the North East of England.

‘As London remains one of the North East’s key trading partners we have designed a frequent schedule which will make it easy for business travellers to reach the capital and affordable for everyone whether they travel for business or leisure.’

The airline will introduce flights to the capital’s second airport from the end of March 2014, with services twice a day, six days a week. Tickets for the new route, easyJet’s 15th from Newcastle International Airport, have gone on sale, with fares starting from £27.49 per person, the report said.

 

Flybe Announces New Service from London Gatwick to Guernsey

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, has launched its new service from London Gatwick Airport to Guernsey, in the Channel Islands.

The airline is offering up to four flights to Guernsey from London Gatwick from March 31, 2013, using a new 88-seat Embraer jet aircraft. The fares commence from £37.84 one way.

Andrew Strong, the airline’s managing director for the UK, said, ‘We know there is a demand for a jet service on this route from both the business and leisure sectors travelling to and from the Island and our E-175 jets have been very positively received by passengers since they joined the Flybe fleet just over a year ago.

With a minimum of 30′ leg room and 2×2 seating, they demonstrate our product commitment to providing enhanced passenger comfort and convenience.

We believe from feedback received on the London Gatwick route that our passengers will welcome the Embraer jet on this route with its added comfort, quietness and speed. The E175 can deliver the right economic and environmental performance on this type of route.

We therefore hope that Guernsey passengers will continue to support Flybe and the new much-awaited jet so ensuring sustainability of the service and we look forward to welcoming them on board in March when they can experience first-hand the aircraft’s added benefits.’

Earlier this month, the airline had announced the return of its three times a week Isle of Man to Southampton service from May 1, 2013. Passengers can book the fares for the new routes at www.flybe.com for prices commencing from £39.99 one way.

Scotland to Guernsey Flights Offered by Channel Islands Travel Group

Channel Islands Travel Group, a travel company based in the Channel Islands, which are part of the UK, will be offering a new service from Glasgow Airport, in Scotland, to the Channel Island of Guernsey.

The new route will commence from the summer of 2013. The company is offering flights every Saturday, from June 29, 2013, to September 14, 2013, using a 46 seat ATR-42 aircraft. The new route will be a first between Scotland and the Channel Islands in some years.

The Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies, located in the English Channel, near the French coast of Normandy.

Robert Mackenzie, the managing director of the Channel Islands (CI) Travel Group, said, ‘We are delighted to have concluded negotiations for the launch of a new service from Glasgow Airport to Guernsey for summer 2013. Airways Holidays and GuernseyTravel.com will fly the route.

CI Travel has always had a strong presence in Scotland but it has been some years since Scottish visitors were able to travel directly to Guernsey. We believe that this new opportunity to visit the Bailiwick for a holiday and fly direct from Glasgow will prove very popular.’

Amanda McMillan, the managing director of Glasgow Airport, said, ‘Guernsey is a popular destination among Scottish travellers and it is therefore great news that they will be able to fly direct from Glasgow Airport next summer instead of taking a connecting flight.

We look forward to working closely with C.I. Travel to make their 2013 flight programme a success.’