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Aurigny to axe Jersey route

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AURIGNY is pulling out of the Jersey route from the end of February.

Aurigny CEO Mark Darby. (27144738)

The twice daily route was introduced in May, with weekday flights aimed at the Guernsey business traveller with timings to suit day return trips.

'We returned to the route because our customers were telling us that prices were high, service was erratic and air links between the islands were unreliable. We had seen that numbers had decreased and more people were choosing to communicate digitally, thus missing out on critical social connectivity,' said Aurigny CEO Mark Darby.

'We genuinely thought there was room for us in the market by addressing these issues and included it in a route operated by our ‘spare’ aircraft. Our return to this market has indeed seen prices reduce and service levels improve, but not the upsurge in passenger numbers we had hoped for, meaning that the route is not sustainable at this time.

'We would like to thank our regular customers who have been using this service for their loyalty and hope that despite our exit at this time the quality and price of inter-island air links will be maintained.'

When the airline re-entered the Jersey market, rival Blue Islands criticised the move saying it was already losing money on the route.

Those with flights booked up to 29th February do not need to do anything as they will continue to operate. If you have a flight booked after this time then you will get a full refund and the customer services team will be contacting people in date order.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann
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