The first of Blue Islands' three new services has been launched.
The airline's year-round daily flights to London Southend from Guernsey set off from Guernsey Airport for the first time yesterday.
"As a local business, Blue Islands recognises islanders want the lowest possible fares to London," said CEO Rob Veron. "That's why we're sustainably investing in a new link to London Southend - a growing airport suited to regional activity, challenging the vast, higher-cost international hub airports. We're confident the convenience London Southend provides will overcome islanders' reliance on Gatwick when travelling to London."
Director of Marketing and Tourism, Mike Hopkins, General Manager for the ports, Colin Le Ray, and Chairman of the Ports Board, Stuart Falla, joined Mr Veron at Guernsey Airport to see the new service depart for the first time.
Pictured: The first flight took off from Guernsey Airport yesterday.
On arrival, the ATR 72 aircraft was met with a traditional water cannon salute. Mr Veron and Blue Islands CCO, Tom Barrasin, were then greeted by the Head of Air Traffic Control from London Southend Aiport.
Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation, Glyn Jones, 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! With our own railway station just 100 paces from the terminal door, up to six trains an hour into London in under an hour and our award-winning customer service, we expect our latest route to Guernsey to prove very popular with passengers from London and the South East."
Mr Veron continued: "London Southend Airport's own rail station enables easy onward train travel to central London, including direct services to Liverpool Street for the City and Stratford for Canary Wharf. Furthermore, low-cost carriers serving London Southend provide the opportunity for islanders to connect to over 30 destinations across Europe, including Faro, Lanzarote, Mallorca, Prague, Tenerife, Venice and many more."
Flights can be booked now from £29.99 one-way at Flybe.com.
Pictured top: Colin Le Ray, Mike Hopkins, Tom Barrasin, Rob Veron and Stuart Falla.
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