Norwich Airport announces resumption of Guernsey flights

Norwich Airport has reported the resumption of flights to Guernsey this week with the first of five weekly Saturday services for those planning a holiday break in the Channel Islands.

Guernsey’s own airline Aurigny is operating the flights until September 18, marking the return of a summer service that it last operated from Norwich in 2019.

Malcolm Coupar, Commercial Director of Aurigny, said: ‘Aurigny are delighted to be returning to Norwich airport this weekend with the first of five weekly Saturday flights direct to Guernsey in just 90 minutes.

‘The seasonal service has always been popular and gives many the opportunity to visit the beautiful islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Lihou and Alderney, which together make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Guernsey provides the safety of home yet the exotic appeal of an overseas location with much to see and explore. We look forward to welcoming aboard our visitors from Norwich and the surrounding areas.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome Aurigny back with their flights to Guernsey and to be able to offer passengers another exciting destination from Norwich.

‘This week has also seen the return of flights from Norwich to Corfu with TUI, and we’re looking forward to their Tenerife service re-starting next month. In July we saw flights resume to Majorca, Exeter and Edinburgh, adding to our services to Amsterdam, Aberdeen and Jersey, which are all operating now.

‘Our 2022 holiday season is already shaping up well with flights to Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy and Bulgaria from May.’

Passengers can book the Guernsey flights with Aurigny at www.auringy.com. For a full list of destinations from Norwich Airport and details of how to book, visit www.norwichairport.co.uk

Blue Islands re-introduces Birmingham to Jersey service

Blue Islands, the Channel Islands’ regional airline, has said that it is planning to re-introduce regular flights from Birmingham to Jersey, a destination popular for short-stay breaks or long weekends.

A picturesque Island with French influence, Jersey features attractive bays and pristine beaches. It boasts watersports, varied walks from heritage trails to country ambles, heritage attractions and locally-sourced cuisine and seafood.

Rob Veron, Blue Islands CEO, said, ‘We are very pleased to reinstate the very popular route from Birmingham. The flights will initially operate four days a week, and for next summer we will increase frequencies with a daily service to Jersey and convenient onward connections to Guernsey.’

Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: ‘Jersey is an important route for the Midlands and we are delighted that Blue Islands now operates direct flights to the island. The route has been unserved for a period of time but we know there is huge demand for this service from our customers to access the Channel Islands.’

Blue Islands is working with Visit Jersey to promote late summer/autumn breaks to Jersey. Flights from £49.99 one way are still available this September and October.

Blue Fly includes 1 x 23kg luggage allowance as standard.

Blue Islands revises schedule to retain essential lifeline routes amid COVID-19

Blue Islands, a privately owned Channel Islands based regional airline, has implemented a revised timetable, effective from Tuesday March 17 until Sunday April 12 to ensure the maintenance of critical lifeline routes for essential travel.

The move as comes after announcements by the States of Guernsey and the Government of Jersey advising islanders to consider avoiding all non-essential travel to and from the islands, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 outbreak.

The island communities rely on the services of Blue Islands for essential travel for medical purposes. In order to sustain these vital links, Blue Islands will operate morning and evening inter-island services between Guernsey and Jersey, as well as twice daily Guernsey to Southampton and Jersey to Southampton services plus a daily service to Bristol. The full revised schedule is available at https://bit.ly/3b2VU34 .

Neil Garwood, Managing Director of Southampton Airport said, ‘Maintaining connectivity to the Channel Islands from Southampton is of paramount importance to us. My team is fully committed to working with Blue Islands to keep this service going and effectively managing the impact of Covid-19.’

Customers who have booked on a service that is not operational while the revised schedule is active will be automatically moved to the nearest available flight and/or an alternative airport. They will receive an email notification advising of this change.

For better flexibility, passengers booked for travel up to and including 12 April may change their flight to another date and route without any change of fees, though subject to fare difference as applicable. Flight bookings and email updates is available at www.blueislands.com.

‘The health and safety of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority. Blue Islands is responding quickly to this situation and our team is working hard to meet our customers’ needs,’ the airline said, seeking the support and patience of customers to tide over through the crisis period.