Blue Islands launch extended summer schedule

Blue Islands has recently extended its on-sale schedule for next summer to cover the whole of the summer school holiday period for 2021.

With the extension, Channel Islanders can now plan and book their travel choosing the airline’s Blue Plus fare which includes flexibility, seat choice and a two-suitcase allowance as standard.

In Summer 2021 Blue Islands will operate direct services from Jersey to Southampton, Birmingham, East Midlands, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay and Guernsey. Southampton and Guernsey will be served up to five times a day, with twice a day services in the peak season to Birmingham. Services to Bristol, Exeter and East Midlands will fly daily; and Newquay will operate three times a week.

The airline will increase services from Guernsey to up to five times a day on both Guernsey to Southampton and the Inter-Island service to Jersey.

Commenting on the extension and additional flights for summer 2021, Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said: ‘The latest schedule release means that flights are on sale through to the end of the school summer holidays in 2021. Customers can now plan and book next summer’s holiday, securing great fares by booking early. You can also make reservations with confidence in the knowledge of flexibility when choosing our Blue Plus fares where there are no change fees (although fare difference may apply) plus 2 x 23kg hold luggage, complimentary seat selection and double frequent flyer points. And finally, you will also be booking with the island’s only home-based carrier airline that also has the financial support of the Government of Jersey. We are looking forward to once-again serving Jersey and Guernsey with high-frequency flights.’

Prices start from under £50.00 one-way, including hold luggage. In addition to direct destinations, Blue Islands now offers connecting services on its network and via its codeshare partner Loganair; to Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Inverness.

Loganair and Blue Islands partners to improve north-south connectivity in UK

Loganair, a UK-based regional airline and Channel Islands-based regional operator Blue Islands, have announced the commencement of a new code-share agreement that will improve north-south connectivity across the United Kingdom and to Jersey and Guernsey.

Customers can now book connecting itineraries at Loganair.co.uk including Inverness to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, Aberdeen to Southampton and Exeter via Manchester, and from Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh to the Channel Islands via Southampton or Exeter. For customers in the Channel Islands, journeys to Scotland or Newcastle on flights operated by both airlines can also now be booked at Blueislands.com. Other routes will be sold by Loganair via its website, including Blue Islands’ popular Exeter and Birmingham to Jersey and Dublin to Southampton routes.

Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited our new codeshare partnership with Blue Islands starts today and we’re confident it will be welcome news for customers looking to travel to the north from the Channel Isles and by those in Scotland looking to explore all that Jersey and Guernsey have to offer. The agreement also greatly strengthens our connectivity to Southampton and Exeter with extra connecting options via Manchester complementing our direct services from the central belt and Newcastle. We look forward to further developing our relations with Blue Islands for the benefit of all our customers.’

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said, ‘We are delighted to see that customers can now book flights using our previously announced codeshare partnership with Loganair. Our initial set of connections enable easy travel to a number of very popular destinations in Scotland and the North for our customers in Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter and Southampton. We expect the network to develop even further very soon, with a wider choice of destinations for next summer.’

The code-share agreement offers several benefits to customers – there is a cost saving for customers in that if a traveller booked had flights with Loganair from Aberdeen to Manchester and then booked separate flights with Blue Islands from Manchester to Southampton, Air Passenger Duty (APD) would be charged twice. That same journey booked today via Loganair.co.uk or Blueislands.com, will be halved. Further, hold luggage will now be through checked to its final destination; and in case of delay or missed connections, a re-accommodation process is offered.

Blue Islands to return to Bristol Airport in August

Channel Islands airline Blue Islands is returning to Bristol Airport on August 3.

The airline has launched a new brand identity, new routes, new website and a new product offering. Tickets with new fare options have also gone on sale at blueislands.com. Customers are being invited to sign up to the airline’s new Blue Skies Club frequent flyer programme.

Announcing the launch, Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands, said, ‘We have been working really hard behind the scenes over the past few months with the aim of re-emerging, post pandemic, stronger and better than ever. We look forward to serving the Channel Islands again with extensive Guernsey schedules to Jersey, Southampton and beyond, together with our services from Jersey to Bristol, Southampton and new routes Birmingham and Exeter.

‘Channel Islanders told us that they want flying to be simple and easy again with no hidden costs and stresses over bag restrictions. We’ve listened, taking all the ideas onboard, and we are proud to announce our new product offering, refreshed brand identity and new website. No gotcha’s, we are focussed on simplifying regional air travel, making sure that our product and service offerings, are uniquely tailored to the needs of our passengers. Whether flying for business or leisure we are making flying a pleasure again and we know that it’s the little things that matter and make the welcome difference.’

Blue Islands, formerly a Flybe franchisee, had re-established itself as an independent carrier after the collapse of Flybe in March. While the islands have been in lock-down to contain the virus spread, Blue Islands has provided lifeline services for Jersey, operating essential flights to both Southampton and Gatwick.

‘[This] is just the beginning. There will be more announcements in the coming days and weeks ahead. We would like to encourage everyone to explore our new website and fare options, plus learn about the wellbeing measures we have implemented. Sign up for regular updates and also register for our Blue Skies Club, our new frequent flyer programme that will truly reward our regular customers. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our passengers onboard soon,’ Mr Veron added.

Blue Islands announces 5,000 extra seats at Bristol for summer

Blue Islands, a Flybe franchise partner, is offering 5,000 additional seats on its Bristol services this summer.

The airline will operate a further 76 flights between the Channel Islands and Bristol. Accordingly, in addition to the 14.40 departure (15.55 Saturdays and 14.15 Sundays), the Jersey – Bristol service will see extra flights at 11.15 on Mondays and Fridays with the additional Sunday flight departing slightly earlier at 11.00. All Blue Islands operated flights can be booked at flybe.com

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, ‘With additional flights on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays throughout the summer, there’s now even more seats and a choice of convenient flight times on the Bristol service operated by Blue Islands, perfect for weekend travels.’

‘For added connectivity, our services are timed to also enable Guernsey residents to fly on Blue Islands operated services via Jersey to Bristol. What’s more, the extra flights also provide added choice for visitors wishing to fly to the Channel Islands to discover the beautiful islands of Guernsey and Jersey this summer,’ Veron added.

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said, ‘We are delighted that an additional 5,000 seats will be available to passengers wishing to fly this summer. The extra capacity offers a greater choice and flexibility of flights whether passengers are using Bristol Airport as a gateway to the region or selecting to fly to Jersey and using the service to connect between the Channel Islands.’

On arrival at Bristol Airport, the ‘Airport Flyer’ bus service operating every 10 minutes offers connection to the city centre, while the ‘Air Decker’ bus service will connect travellers with the spa city of Bath in about one hour, the airport said.

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 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.