Monday 20 May saw Guernsey in the Channel Islands welcome year-round daily flights to London Southend Airport. Blue Islands, a local Channel Islands carrier will serve the new route using a 68-seat ATR 72-500 aircraft.

Commenting on how he expects the new service to prove popular among passengers travelling from London and the South East, Glyn Jones, CEO, Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend said: “We are delighted that Blue Islands, has chosen London Southend to provide a new route to Guernsey from our fast-growing airport – our second new airline to arrive in May alone!”

A self-governing British crown dependency, Guernsey is renowned for its foodie scene, Victorian forts and German fortifications. The island also offers dozens of stunning beaches and adventure sports such as coasteering and rock climbing, while the north coast is a hotspot for water sports.

Blue Islands’s CEO, Rob Veron, stated that as “a true Channel Islands airline, Blue Islands is proud to be able to invest in providing an exciting year-round, lowest-cost and convenient link” between the two airports. “We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the airport’s catchment to discover our beautiful island,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday 21 May, the ailrien launched its inaugural twice-weekly service to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA).

“We’re delighted to welcome Blue Islands to Liverpool,” said Paul Winfield, director of aviation development for LJLA. “Guernsey is another fantastic destination to be served from here, giving the region’s travellers the opportunity to travel to this beautiful Channel Island direct from Liverpool, the North West’s Faster Easier Friendlier airport.”

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