Posted on: 15 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Blue Islands’ new franchise partnership with Flybe is to begin operations on 6 June 2016 with the first route being the service between Jersey and Southampton.
Under the agreement, the service will be operated on Flybe branded ATR aircraft with Flybe flight numbers and tickets can be booked online via flybe.com, where Channel Islanders will also have an increased choice of ‘through tickets’ to destinations throughout Flybe’s UK and European network. Other routes to be operated under the new franchise will be available for booking soon, the next being between Guernsey and Southampton.
“This news benefits customers from the beginning of summer with a greater choice of connections to UK and European destinations. It is a win-win for both airlines,” declared Flybe CEO Saad Hammad. “For Flybe, our brand will retain a presence on key routes to and from the Channel Islands and for Blue Islands the alliance is a major opportunity in being a recognised brand of Europe’s largest regional airline.”
Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ managing director, added, “Flybe’s extensive marketing bandwidth spanning a wide range of sales distribution channels will enable Guernsey and Jersey to enjoy increased exposure to potential new visitors, boosting the economies of both islands. Travel from the islands will also become easier with ‘through tickets’ allowing seamless connections to UK and European destinations throughout the Flybe network including Aberdeen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Amsterdam as well as summer destinations such as Faro and Malaga.
“When all routes are on sale, we will be able to offer visitors and Channel Islanders alike a huge choice of UK and European ‘through ticket’ connections. Not only do ‘through tickets’ allow significant APD (Air Passenger Duty) savings, these tickets offer the peace of mind and security of ‘connecting’ services, rather than the uncertainty of purchasing individual ‘point-to-point’ flights.”
Photo shows Rob Veron, Blue Islands’ managing director (left) and Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, at the recent ERA Conference in Prague.