Blue Islands has applied for a licence to operate direct flights between Guernsey and Bristol Airport.
The airline, which already operates Bristol flights to and from Jersey, wishes to operate twice-daily flights from Guernsey.
Blue Islands managing director, Rob Veron said, “Bristol is an ideal destination that needs to be serviced with a flight schedule to suit. We are looking to provide peak morning and evening flights, perfect for day travel and more practical for travellers. Our scheduling of the twice daily, direct Jersey to Bristol route has driven a 35% growth in total passenger numbers within twelve months of commencement.”
“Before Blue Islands began operating to Bristol, the Jersey to Bristol market was declining and the same is happening in Guernsey. Passenger numbers on this route dropped by 18% between 2007 and 2011. There is currently no choice of carrier, timings or price to Bristol which is suppressing what ought to be a thriving market place. Our proposal will benefit both leisure and business travellers, local tourism and Guernsey PLC as a whole.”