Tag "Flybe"

No ‘benefits’ from Flybe/Blue Islands franchise deal

I SEE from the Press that in the wake of the recent statement from the CI Competition and Regulatory Authority, Blue Islands’ Rob Veron is seeking to justify its franchise agreement with Flybe and again suggesting that this arrangement gives their passengers ‘substantial benefits’. (‘Passengers are the winners, says airline as it defends deal’, 17 December) Really, Mr Veron? What benefits are those, exactly? With return fares to Jersey ranging from £80 (if you are lucky) to upwards of £130 I don’t see how these two partners having a monopoly on the route benefits anyone. We should all be worried about this, whether or not we travel frequently to our sister island. This level of fares is having the effect of stifling inter-island travel, as can be seen from the high level of empty seats admitted previously by the airline, and is therefore having an adverse effect on commerce between the islands. Gone are the days when one would think about a break in Jersey, or for that matter the other way around.

No need for competition? Surely lower-cost air fares would encourage travellers

I SEE that Blue Islands MD Rob Veron is again telling us that there is no need for competition on the inter-island route as four out of 10 seats are unsold and there is already overcapacity. Does he really expect us to believe that these seats would remain unsold if the fares were more reasonable? My last flight to Jersey and return cost £122. I have just returned from a trip to Exeter with Flybe (ironically via Jersey) costing a very reasonable £84. Tell us Mr Veron please, why you think that people don’t want to travel inter-island like they used to?

Network widely used, says Flybe


ISLANDERS have taken advantage of the greater connectivity offered under the Flybe/Blue Islands franchise and over two months have flown on nearly a third of Flybe’s network, the airline has said, as it defends the arrangement.

We do compete – Blue Islands, Flybe


TRAVELLERS do have choice and competition on the inter-island route, Blue Islands and Flybe have said, following a letter from the regulator which challenged the airlines on how they were offering customers value for money.

Aurigny has to be ready to prove itself

THE open letter written by the competition regulator Cicra is addressed to the CEO of Flybe and the chairman of Blue Islands. However, there is a third airline to whom it is just as relevant. When, in January the codeshare agreement between Aurigny and Blue Islands came to an end, passengers, politicians and business groups voiced fears that service levels would deteriorate.

Flybe must show it is listening

PASSENGERS flying to and from Jersey do not really care who is operating the service. Whether it is Flybe or Blue Islands is not the issue. The quality of service is. Business travellers with meetings to go to want to arrive on time, relaxed and ready to work. Sports teams want to make it for kick-off and holiday makers want to start enjoying themselves.

Time to act over air fares

I AM writing following the launch of the new code-share deal with Blue Islands and Flybe on 6 June. This has taken the competition out of the routes. Jersey has a choice of Blue Islands, Flybe, easyJet and British Airways, among a few others like Finnair and Emirates etc. Guernsey, however, now has only Aurigny and Flybe and all the prices have jumped up greatly. You may be lucky to find a lower-priced fare mid-week but even if you look at a break travelling on a Friday and returning on a Sunday next March (2017), the lowest price per seat is £124 to Gatwick.

Changes are already afoot after airlines’ franchise deal

SO, the first week of full integration of Blue Islands with Flybe and already changes are occurring after promises that Blue Islands will remain separate. I note that now the Flybe website has to be used, the free hold baggage of Blue Islands has now been consigned to history – no word from Blue Islands of this when the merger was announced. Also the first flight of the day to Jersey is now 07.30 – the previous 07.50 now does not exist.

Barcelona or bust...

I UNDERSTAND that Aurigny has recently announced new routes to Luton, Leeds Bradford and Norwich which, during my long service in ground handling at the airport, have all been trialled and failed by previous airlines over the years.

More gloom for travellers - Blue Islands/Flybe deal reduces competition even further

THE news that Blue Islands may become part of the Flybe group has, understandably, been greeted with disappointment. This is what the travelling public do not want to hear. Fondly known as ‘fly-may-be’ to many, the airline has a history of taking over new routes (sometimes at the expense of other operators) and then disappearing from the scene. One of their latest decisions has been to pull out of Bournemouth, where so much had been promised.

BlueFly deal leaves room to cut capacity

STRONG words from Blue Islands over the weekend helped fill some of the information vacuum created by the end of the Aurigny codeshare. Commerce and Employment’s low-key decision in November to relax the rules and allow Flybe to compete without restriction on the inter-island route is branded naïve, ill-informed and disruptive by Blue Islands.

What next for Aurigny if not inter-island?

JUST what is Aurigny for? And how much is the island willing to pay for it? Those are the key questions – the Treasury minister calls it a grown-up conversation – that need to be settled once and for all about the islanders’ airline.

Booked early for ‘cheap fares’

I HOPE your readers will forgive another letter about our local airline, but I felt compelled to put pen to paper. We are travelling to Paris in eight months’ time and I recently went online to book our flights. For three adults, one child and one infant flying with easyJet on a one-hour and 20-minute flight from Gatwick cost £460. There was no charge for the infant.

Scrap ‘open skies’

The smaller an island community, the more important good connectivity becomes – but the harder it is to achieve. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 9377293)

As the Scrutiny Committee looks at our air links, Peter Roffey suggests that sole operators are the way forward – but with agreements that would protect islanders