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Blue Islands, Aurigny enhance cooperation

26.04.2021 – 19:50 UTC

Blue Islands (SI, Jersey) will, from July 1, cease groundhandling operations in Guernsey, which have been dormant for 12 months, and instead will engage the services of fellow Channel Island carrier Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey).

This follows the announcement of an in-principal agreement between the carriers to codeshare on selected routes between the Channel Islands and the UK, aiming to restore connectivity to both Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey as the islands emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

UK media reported the groundhandling switch would result in 15 redundancies at Blue Islands, but result in more job opportunities at Aurigny. Blue Islands Chief Executive Officer Rob Veron told reporters that Aurigny had committed to considering employing Blue Island staff where possible.

“To ensure future long-term viability, all airlines are having to restructure and seek efficiencies, it is no different in the case of Blue Islands. As we emerge from the pandemic, re-building a sustainable future, we have had to make some difficult decisions. One such decision is to cease operating a…

Eastern Airways, Aurigny to turn Southampton into a hub

09.10.2020 – 03:53 UTC

Eastern Airways (T3, Humberside) has announced that it has entered into a codeshare partnership with Aurigny Air Services (GR, Guernsey) which will establish Southampton as a hub connecting Eastern’s network in the United Kingdom and Ireland with Aurigny’s services Channel Isles network.

“This is a first step in codeshare partnerships by Eastern Airways following return to being an independent operator following the demise of flybe. (BE, Exeter) earlier this year, to which Eastern Airways had been a franchise provider. We shall also shortly add a number of interline agreements especially aiding our TeessideLondon Heathrow service and major hubs such as Manchester Int’l,” it said.

The new cooperation will cover Eastern’s existing services from Southampton to Belfast City, Manchester, Newcastle, GB, Leeds/Bradford, Aberdeen Dyce, and Dublin Int’l. The airline plans to add more routes to its Southampton network starting in Spring 2021.

In turn, Aurigny Air Services connects the city on the southern coast of England through Guernsey. It does…

Guernsey’s Air Alderney edges towards launch in 2020

26.05.2020 – 00:08 UTC

Air Alderney (Alderney) is expecting to take delivery of its first BN-2 Islander “shortly subject to the restrictions on travel being lifted” as it edges towards launch despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the start-up said via its Facebook page.

“We are not immune or unaffected from the changes within the industry, however, work here at Air Alderney has continued relentlessly and as a result, we have been able to minimize the effect on our plans for Alderney. We are still looking to be operational this year,” the airline said.

The start-up was originally destined to use BN-2 G-BJED (msn 2119) which it took delivery of, but never deployed into service, in 2017. After a myriad of delays, Air Alderney revised its plans with a February 2020 launch date pencilled in earlier this year. However, it was forced to reapply for route licences covering Alderney to Guernsey, Jersey, Lee-on-Solent, and Cherbourg after the original permits expired in 2018.

Upon its launch, Air Alderney will become only the second airline…