Network widely used, says Flybe

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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.

The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities challenged both airlines to justify how islanders were benefitting from the reduced competition, particularly on the inter-island service.

Blue Islands became a franchise partner of regional airline Flybe in June.

In an open letter to both airlines, Cicra chairman Michael O'Higgins challenged the companies' assertions that customers were getting a better service under the new deal.

Flybe's chief revenue officer Vincent Hodder has replied in an open letter of his own, defending their service.

One benefit he highlighted was the fact Blue Islands customers now had access to Flybe's network of 166 destinations.

Mr Hodder said passengers were already taking advantage of this.

'During July and August, 3,688 passengers flew on itineraries that included both Flybe and Blue Islands sectors,' he said.

'They covered 51 different routes across the UK and Europe.'

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