Blue Islands maintains essential lifeline Channel Island routes16th March 2020
Rob Veron, Chief Executive of Blue Islands said:
"Following announcements by the States of Guernsey advising islanders to consider avoiding all non-essential travel to and from the islands, we are entering unprecedented territory with the impact of Covid-19.
Blue Islands has implemented a revised timetable, effective from Tuesday 17 March until Sunday 12 April ensuring the maintenance of critical lifeline routes as a base provision for essential travel.
We know our services, particularly from both Guernsey and Jersey to Southampton are heavily relied upon by both island communities for essential travel for medical purposes. Therefore to sustain these vital links, Blue Islands will operate morning and evening inter-island services between Guernsey and Jersey, as well as twice daily Guernsey to Southampton and Jersey to Southampton services plus a daily service to Bristol.
Links to Southampton are absolutely not threatened following the closure of Flybe. Blue Islands operated the vast majority of frequency on the Jersey-Southampton route and will continue serve this crucial route, adding additional services where appropriate given the reduction in Flybe operated capacity."
Neil Garwood, Managing Director of Southampton Airport said: “Maintaining connectivity to the Channel Islands from Southampton is of paramount importance to us. My team is fully committed to working with Blue Islands to keep this service going and effectively managing the impact of Covid-19.”
Passengers booked on a Blue Islands service not operating while the revised schedule is active will be automatically moved to the nearest available flight and/or an alternative airport and will receive an email notification advising of this change.
For greater flexibility, passengers booked for travel up to and including 12 April may change their flight to another date and route without any change fees (although fare difference may apply).
The health and safety of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority. Blue Islands is responding quickly to this situation and our team is working hard to meet our customers’ needs. We would ask our customers for their collaboration and patience during these challenging times.
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Picture: Guernsey Airport.