Posted on: 10 March 2016 by Mark Howells
Flybe has reached an agreement with Blue Islands for a ten year franchise partnership to commence in June with the latter’s ATR aircraft operating in Flybe colours.
Blue Islands will operate six routes under the new franchise agreement including Southampton–Guernsey, Southampton–Jersey, Guernsey–Jersey, Bristol–Jersey, London City–Jersey and Jersey–Geneva (a seasonal winter service).
Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO, announced, “We are delighted to welcome Blue Islands into the Flybe family and look forward to our new operations with them starting in the summer. This new partnership strengthens the proud and long-standing relationship Flybe has with the Channel Islands by providing local residents, and those wishing to visit, a broader range of flights and airport connections.
“This third franchise agreement extends our ability to deliver unrivalled regional connectivity and time saving business travel for our customers and we look forward to welcoming everyone on board in June.”
“Guernsey and Jersey will enjoy increased exposure to potential new visitors thanks to Flybe’s huge marketing reach and wider distribution channels, bringing a boost to both visitor and business economies,” added Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ managing director. “What’s more, passengers will benefit from seamless connections with ‘through tickets’ from the Channel Islands for services to 30 UK and European airports in the Flybe network including Aberdeen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Amsterdam as well as summer destinations such as Faro and Malaga. Through tickets also mean significant APD savings when using connecting services.
“As well as flights in Flybe branded aircraft and Flybe flight numbers, adopting the Flybe brand enables to the lowest possible fare options, complete with ticket customisation. This allows our customers to choose from a basic, to an all-inclusive fare, to better meet individual requirements.”
The franchise agreement has been structured to accommodate additional aircraft and routes if required.