Channel Islands airline Blue Islands is considering starting direct flights between Jersey, Guernsey and Luxembourg
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A PwC partner in Jersey could be behind a Channel Islands airline’s interest in Luxembourg, Delano can reveal.
A spokesperson for PwC Jersey told Delano that a partner met with Blue Islands to discuss easing travel from the Channel Islands in general.
“He used Luxembourg purely as an example of a difficult commute he had undertaken recently. Not because he travels there often, but because it was most forefront in his mind--the example I believe was of having to travel to London City first, having an overnight London stay, difficult flight connection times etc,” the spokesperson said.
The same partner offered to share a survey on the subject with clients and contacts.
Twice weekly flights from CI to Luxembourg
On 17 August, Blue Islands launched a survey to “appraise the appetite within the Channel Island business community for a direct service to Luxembourg.”
The airline said it was considering a twice weekly direct service departing Jersey mid-morning for Luxembourg via Guernsey.
Aztec Group, which has offices in Guernsey and Jersey, was also cited by Blue Islands as having had input in the exercise.
An Aztec Group Luxembourg spokesperson said the airline had approached the head of its client services, Rob Jones, to discuss the route. “The introduction of direct flights between the jurisdictions would be commercially beneficial in terms of reducing travel time,” an Aztec Group spokesperson said, adding: “We have a number employees moving between these locations on a weekly basis, so two or three direct flights a week would be our preference.”
Based in the Channel Islands, Blue Islands is an independently-owned airline and franchise partner of flybe. Its fleet consists of three ATR 72 aircraft and 2 ATR 42. It currently serves Bristol, Guernsey, Jersey, London and Southampton. The survey closes on 31 August.