A Channel Islands airline is to take over a number of former Flybe routes after landing a loan of up to £10million from the Government of Jersey.
Blue Islands, which has been operating “lifeline” flights from Jersey to Southampton and Gatwick during the pandemic, has also relaunched with a new livery.
The airline was a franchise carrier for Flybe until the company’s collapse in March.
Blue Island’s new schedule includes flight routes from Jersey to Bristol and Southampton; Exeter and Southampton to Manchester; and new routes to Birmingham and Exeter.
Rob Veron, chief executive of Blue Islands said the company had been working “really hard” over the past few months with the aim of “re-emerging, post-pandemic, stronger and better than ever”.
He said: “Channel Islanders told us that they want flying to be simple and easy again with no hidden costs and stresses over bag restrictions.
“We’ve listened, taking all the ideas onboard, and we are proud to announce our new product offering, refreshed brand identity and new website.”
Mr Vernon said Blue Islands had re-established itself as an independent carrier and there would be “more announcements in the coming days and weeks”.
Jersey reopened to tourists on 3 July – ahead of England – after Island senators voted to open the borders to unrestricted travel.
Matt Thomas, chief executive of Ports of Jersey, said the £10million support package would help Blue Islands “develop connectivity” into Europe.
He said: “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 started in 1999 when it was formed as Le Cocq’s Air Link to supply perishable goods to the Channel Island of Alderney from Bournemouth using Britten Norman Islanders.
Blue Islands’ flight routes
|East Midlands||29 September|