Blue Islands to take on former Flybe routes after securing £10 million government loan

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BLUE Islands is due to take on a number of Flybe's former routes and base its operations in Jersey after securing a £10 million loan from the government.

A Blue Islands aircraft (28774175)

The airline, which was contracted to provide 'lifeline' flights to Gatwick and Southampton, says the move will safeguard 'vital regional connectivity' into the UK.

It is also hoped that the business will also eventually establish direct routes between the Island and Europe.

Rob Veron, chief executive of Blue Islands, said a new website and product offering would soon be unveiled.

'We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Government of Jersey and the ‘base carrier’ contract with the Ports of Jersey,' he said.

'This unique combination provides a strong platform to provide vital connectivity for Islanders and will play a key role in the recovery of the Island’s economy.

'Our focus is now to deliver sustainable, high-frequency, year-round regional services for many years to come. We recognise the important strategic role we need to play, as the Island’s locally based regional airline, in Jersey's recovery plans.'

Meanwhile, Matt Thomas, chief executive of Ports of Jersey, said: 'This partnership will see Blue Islands concentrate its operations in Jersey.

'At first, they will focus on key regional routes into the UK, complementing the services provided by British Airways and easyJet.

'In time, we share an ambition to develop connectivity into Europe. We look forward to working together to achieve this ambition.'

Blue Islands are due to pay back the loan over six years.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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