Aurigny introduces new Guernsey-London City Airport route

Aurigny, the Guernsey-based airline, has announced plans for a new route connecting Guernsey to London City Airport.

Aurigny’s introduction of the Guernsey-London City Airport route signifies a strategic move to enhance connectivity and facilitate business and leisure travel between the two regions. With a tailored flight schedule and a focus on meeting the needs of both weekday commuters and weekend travellers, this initiative will streamline travel access for travellers to over 30 destinations across the UK and Europe.

Aurigny Chief Executive Nico Bezuidenhout said: ‘Many businesses on our beautiful island work closely with their London counterparts with regular meetings in the City and East London.

‘Direct flights to this airport will benefit these businesses and anyone who wishes to jump on the London Underground to explore attractions.’

Commencing from March end, Aurigny will operate regular flights to London City Airport. Weekday flights will depart Guernsey at 8:30 am, reaching London around 9:00 am, facilitating convenient morning travel. Return flights from London to Guernsey will depart at 7:20 pm, allowing day visitors to make a round trip.

While Saturday services are unavailable, Sunday flights will cater to afternoon travellers, enhancing weekend travel options.

Cornwall Airport Newquay partners with Aurigny for summer flights to Guernsey

Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced a new collaboration with Aurigny, introducing direct flights between Cornwall and Guernsey.

Operating every Tuesday from July 23 to August 27, 2024, these summer flights provide a seamless connection between two picturesque destinations.

‘The introduction of these new summer flights with Aurigny is a testament to Cornwall Airport Newquay’s commitment to enhancing connectivity and providing diverse travel options for our passengers. We are excited to offer this convenient link to Guernsey, a destination known for its beauty and rich cultural heritage, and very much look forward to welcoming Aurigny as our 10th airline carrier,’ said Amy Smith, Head of Commercial at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

Aurigny’s Commercial Director, Malcolm Coupar, added: ‘Aurigny is delighted to be working with Cornwall Airport Newquay to introduce the first-ever direct air services connecting the beautiful Islands of Guernsey with the hugely popular and unique region of the UK that is Cornwall. We look forward to developing these services over the years ahead for the benefit of our communities.’

The lead-in fare is £109.98 return, including taxes, for tourists looking to explore the stunning landscapes, historic sites, and vibrant communities in both Cornwall and Guernsey. Bookings can be made on Aurigny’s website.

Dublin Airport announces new Aurigny route to Guernsey

Dublin Airport has said that Aurigny has commenced services between Dublin and Guernsey.

Aurigny will operate flights between Guernsey and Dublin three times a week. This will be Dublin’s first scheduled air service to and from Guernsey.

An Island set in the English Channel with a population of over 62,000, Guernsey offers a combination of both British and French culture. With fantastic options of both food and adventure, it is an attractive destination for friends and families. Ireland has enjoyed strong links with Guernsey and the other Channel Islands over the past 300 years.

Commenting on the new service, Dalton Philips, Chief Executive of daa, which operates Dublin Airport, said: ‘Dublin Airport is delighted to be adding a new route between Dublin and Guernsey. The commencement of the service is great news for both business and leisure passengers in Ireland and Guernsey. We anticipate strong demand for the service. Guernsey is an island with great heritage and breath-taking scenery. Dublin Airport is excited to work with Aurigny in promoting this new route.’

Malcolm Couper, Commercial Director of Aurigny added: ‘The whole team at Aurigny is excited to be extending our network with three times weekly direct services to Dublin. The community in Guernsey has long been asking for this service and looking at our forward sales there is good demand from Ireland too.’

Dublin Airport will serve 123 destinations worldwide this year with 35 airline partners as it expands its global reach following the damaging impact on the aviation sector due to COVID-19.

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 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.

Birmingham Airport to replace Flybe routes to Guernsey, Aberdeen

Birmingham Airport has announced the launch of Guernsey airline, Aurigny, which will replace the Guernsey route after Flybe collapsed.

The Birmingham-Guernsey service is on sale with Aurigny via www.aurigny.com. The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday, March 11, operating daily in the late morning – initially excluding Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Nick Barton, CEO at Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are pleased to announce the continued service to the popular destination of Guernsey, with Aurigny following the loss of the service offered by flybe from Birmingham.

‘We hope to see our regular travellers taking advantage of this new airline at Birmingham and look forward to building on our relationship with Aurigny over the coming years.’

Mark Darby, Chief Executive said, ‘We believe that maintaining Guernsey’s connectivity is key and with the collapse of flybe it is an unmissable opportunity for Aurigny to provide a valuable customer service while at the same time increasing our operation and improving our financial position.

‘Given that we are able to do this with no increase in fixed costs and with aircraft, crew and a user-friendly booking system immediately available to us we hope that this will alleviate some travel concerns.’

Earlier, responding to the collapse of Flybe, Loganair announced it will introduce three daily services from Birmingham to Aberdeen, along with a daily service to Inverness from March 16, 2020. Additionally, Eastern Airways will offer an Aberdeen to Birmingham service formerly operated by Flybe. Flights will all commence this week with the schedule released for sale in due course.

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.