A franchise agreement means the twice-weekly service to Guernsey operated by Channel Islands-based Blue will use a Flybe-branded 68-seat aircraft. Tony McDonough reports
Private and independently owned airline Blue Islands is to launch a twice-weekly route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to Guernsey this summer.
Flights will start on May 21 with the service operating every Tuesday and Saturday until September 14. Thanks to a franchise agreement with Flybe, Channel Islands-based Blue will operate the route using a Flybe-branded 68-seat ATR 72-500 aircraft.
Blue Islands operates an all ATR fleet, employing 100 people across its bases in Guernsey and Jersey. As a Flybe franchise partner, flights are now on sale via flybe.com with a special launch offer of all ‘Just Fly’ seats on sale at just £29.99 one way, until January 30.
Rob Veron, Blue Islands chief executive, said: “Blue Islands is proud to launch a new direct service from Liverpool to Guernsey, making it easier to discover our beautiful island from the North West.
“Equally, the twice weekly service offers Guernsey residents the chance to visit Liverpool, an exciting city which is bursting with culture, history and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Paul Winfield, director of aviation development for LJLA. added: “We’re delighted to see another new airline choose to operate from Liverpool and look forward to Blue Islands commencing flights to Guernsey from here.
“Guernsey adds to our growing list of more than 70 destinations, giving the region’s travellers the opportunity to travel to this beautiful Channel Island.”