Category Archives: Blue Islands

Blue Islands rejects Aurigny’s “downsize” claim

Blue Islands (Jersey, UK) has rejected claims made by partner company Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) that it is “substantially downsizing”.

Aurigny, which provides ground services for Blue Islands at Jersey Airport as part of a cooperation agreement signed by the two carriers last year, has blamed the company for 30 potential redundancies.

Several Blue Islands routes from Jersey Airport have been terminated, prompting the Guernsey national carrier to claim it makes its ground operation there “unviable”.

In a statement to the BBC, Blue Islands said Aurigny had “chosen to abandon Jersey”:

“To suggest a ‘substantial downsize’ is utterly wrong,” the Channel Islands airline said.

“This year Blue Islands will fly in excess of 330,000 passengers, 65% up from 2013.

“Unfortunately, rather than adapting its ground handling operation to ensure it remained viable, Aurigny have chosen to abandon Jersey.”

The two airlines announced a code share deal in 2013 under which Blue Islands aircraft took over the Jersey-Guernsey route while Aurigny provided ground services and sold seats.

Aurigny, which is owned by the States of Guernsey, said the Jersey-Guernsey route agreement between the firms would be unaffected by the closure of its ground operation in Jersey.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Britten Norman BN-2A Mk. 3-1 Trislander G-LCOC (msn 366) taxies at Bournemouth.

Blue Islands aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

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Blue Islands decides to codeshare with CityJet

Blue Islands (Jersey, UK) as we previously reported, is dropping its services to Amsterdam, Paris (CDG), and Zurich. Instead it will start a new codeshare agreement with CityJet (Dublin). Amsterdam (January 4, 2015), Paris (CDG) (January 5) and Zurich (December 31, 2014) are being eliminated from Jersey as the company slims its network.

London City Airport reported on their site:

“Blue Islands, the Channel Islands airline, is joining forces with one of Europe’s leading regional airlines, CityJet. This new partnership will provide those travelling from the Channel Islands with easy access to major European cities on hundreds of connecting codeshare flights every week from London City Airport through the CityJet network.”

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In a statement on wharf.co.uk, CityJet’s chief commercial officer Patrick Lukan said: “This codeshare opens a number of new European destinations for Blue Island passengers through our extensive network from London City Airport, together with increased choice, convenience and flexibility.”

Blue Islands’ managing director Rob Veron said: “Just one booking takes care of everything, passengers can check in bags to their final destination across Europe, improving the overall customer experience. Also, the extra flight to London City means there is more choice when visiting London for half day trips to the City when needed.”

The connecting flights to Amsterdam and Paris will begin on January 5, 2015.

Blue Islands is also ending its twice-weekly Zurich service on that date. Future dates for connecting flights are to be announced.
The new service between Jersey and London City will take off at 1pm and return to the island at 2.40pm.

Flight capacity between London City and Jersey will also increase by 45% when Blue Islands launch an additional lunchtime service to the capital.

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Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 42-300 G-DRFC (msn 007) taxies at Zurich.

Blue Islands: AG Slide Show

Blue Islands to drop three routes from Jersey

Blue Islands (Guernsey) is dropping three routes from Jersey. Amsterdam (January 4, 2015), Paris (CDG) (January 5) and Zurich (December 31) are being eliminated as the company slims its network according to Airline Route.

It is unclear if this is a seasonal adjustment or a long-term adjustment.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLI (msn 529) lands in Southampton.

Blue Islands aircraft slide show:

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Current Route Map:

Blue Islands 12.2014 Route Map

 

Blue Islands to drop the Jersey-Manchester route on June 10

Blue Islands (Guernsey) is planning to operate the last flight to and from Manchester on June 10 from Jersey per the BBC. The airline of the Channel Islands will redeploy the aircraft for its new “Blue Shuttle” (see video below) service between Guernsey and Jersey.

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Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Blue Islands’ ATR 42-300 G-ZEBS (msn 066) approaches Manchester Airport in Ringway, Manchester for landing.

Blue Islands: AG Slide Show

Blue Islands logo

Revised route map without Manchester:

Blue Islands 5:2013 Route Map

Blue Islands Blue Shuttle logo

Video:

Blue Islands to add both Amsterdam and Paris on February 4, 2013

Blue Islands (blueislands.com) (formerly Rockhopper) (Guernsey) will add two new routes radiating from Jersey (Channel Islands) to Amsterdam and Paris on February 4, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. ATR 42-500 G-ISLF (msn 546) taxies at Zurich.

Blue Islands: 

Route Map:

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Blue Islands to drop Alderney on May 9

Blue Islands (Guernsey) will drop Alderney in the Channel Islands on May 9, leaving only Aurigny to serve the island.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for background information.

Current routes from Alderney: