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EasyJet: No flights to Jersey...yet

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EASYJET has announced plans to restart flights to several destinations from 15 June – but Jersey is not one of them.

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However, bookings for once-daily flights between the Island and Gatwick from the date have gone live on the company's website. And the business says its schedule will build based on several factors including customer demand and restrictions being relaxed.

This is despite the Island's borders currently being closed to non-essential travellers and anyone wishing to travel in or out of Jersey – by commercial or private means – can only do so if they have obtained authorisation from Customs. At least 22 people have so far been refused permission.

In addition to this, anyone who arrives into Jersey must also currently self isolate for 14 days – unless they are granted an exemption by Customs.

And, after being asked by the JEP, easyJet have said Jersey is not on the list of destinations it will initially begin flying to from 15 June.

Matt Thomas, chief executive of Ports of Jersey, said the Airport and Harbour remained ready to accept passengers, when the government deemed it was safe to do so.

'We welcome easyJet's announcement that they are to resume flying between domestic locations within the UK and France as a sign that the impact of Covid-19 is beginning to pass.

'At this time however, travel restrictions remain in place for arriving passengers into Jersey, who will be required to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival.'

Since April, Blue Islands has only been operating three 'lifeline' flights to Southampton each week for essential travellers.

And, the government has now announced that the airline will begin flying to Gatwick every Tuesday from 26 May. However, this will be on the same essential-only basis.

British Airways, which last operated a flight into Jersey on 30 March, and Blue Islands have been approached for an update on their plans.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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