Jersey’s connections with the UK in 2021 has been further strengthened following the announcement by Scottish airline, Loganair of its plans to introduce a direct air service between the Island and Edinburgh next summer.
The twice-weekly service will operate on Saturdays and Sundays between 22 May to 26 September 2021 inclusive using a 70-seater ATR72 turboprop. Reservations are now being taken for the service, with fares starting from just £74.99 one way.
The news has been warmly welcomed by CEO for Ports of Jersey, Matt Thomas, who says, “We are delighted to announce the launch of a direct service to Edinburgh, further strengthening our relationship with Scotland’s airline. The service will enable visitors to enjoy the delights of Jersey whilst allowing islanders to easily connect with friends and family. Loganair continues to show its commitment to Jersey and we look forward to working alongside them to develop even more connectivity in the future”.
CEO for Visit Jersey, Amanda Burns, says, “The launch of this route from Edinburgh to Jersey is exciting news and further reinforces the demand for travel to Jersey in 2021. This is a real boost for our industry, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from Edinburgh and across the central belt to Jersey next summer to experience the variety on offer, from beautiful beaches to historical heritage and family fun. It is heartening to see that even during these challenging times, our relationship with Loganair goes from strength to strength, with this route joining further regional options, allowing travellers a greater choice for connectivity to our Island.”
Responding on behalf of Loganair, Chief Commercial Officer, Kay Ryan, says, “We are excited by the potential of this new route and believe it will prove very popular next summer. It will also provide a one-stop link in both directions between the Highlands and Islands and Jersey, via Scotland’s capital. This addition to next summer’s schedule shows Loganair’s continued commitment to providing domestic connectivity for both leisure and business customers, despite the current damage being caused to the industry by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The reintroduction of the new Edinburgh service comes just weeks after the airline announced plans to operate scheduled flights between the Island and Teesside next summer alongside its established Norwich service.
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham, says, “This is good news for Jersey’s aviation links, especially in light of the challenging year we’ve had. I am heartened by the continued optimism shown towards Jersey by our airline partners, clearly demonstrated by the ever-increasing network of air routes we can look forward to in summer 2021.”
Ports of Jersey News Release.