JERSEY Airport has advised that travel to and from the Island will remain ‘a fluid situation’ across the summer season, but that no significant changes to services were expected.
Airport director Robin MacRae issued an update in the wake of last week’s announcement that the maximum number of daily flights to and from London Gatwick would be capped as a result of ongoing staff shortages.
The limit is set to affect all airlines using Gatwick, notably easyJet, which flies to Jersey from the airport, the UK’s second-busiest, several times daily.
Mr MacRae said it was disappointing that ‘continuous operational issues’ had resulted in airlines reducing capacity.
He said: ‘Unfortunately this has impacted on some Jersey services, and we remain in close contact with our airline partners over changes to the route network affecting Jersey – we are not expecting any significant changes, but the situation remains on constant review and affected passengers will be advised accordingly by their airline, giving as much notice as possible.
‘This is likely to remain a fluid situation as the summer season builds. However, Jersey remains a strong destination this summer for our airline partners and we are hopeful that any changes to services will have minimal impact on our passengers.’
EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said that providing a safe and reliable service to customers was the airline’s highest priority and that he was sorry some customers had not experienced this.
Mr Lundgren said easyJet was taking ‘pre-emptive actions to increase resilience’ over the balance of summer, including ‘consolidating’ flights to and from affected airports.
‘We will be giving advance notice to customers and we expect the vast majority to be rebooked on alternative flights within 24 hours,’ he said.
Aviation regulations require airlines to offer a same-day alternative to passengers, even if this involves covering the cost of flying with a rival provider.