Channel Islands carrier Blue Islands is restoring flights to Jersey from Bristol next week.

The service will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during August, rising to a daily frequency from September. Fares start at £44.99 one-way.

The flight timings and days of operation are designed to accommodate weekend and short breaks.

The move is part of a plan by the former Flybe franchise partner to restore a network of Channel Islands connections after the UK regional airline collapsed in March.

Blue Islands is raising a daily Southampton schedule to twice daily from September 1. Flights to Jersey are also being resumed from Birmingham on August 31, Guernsey from September 1, Exeter on September 3 and East Midlands from September 29.

Chief executive Rob Veron said: “We’re really pleased to be re-starting our Bristol operations.

“During lockdown we’ve been redeveloping our website, brand, systems and most importantly our product offering; for example, both hold and cabin baggage are included with every ticket.

“We also understand that feeling safe and secure all the way through the travel experience is of paramount importance, which is why we have introduced a number of enhanced wellbeing measures, including use of masks, enhanced deep cleaning onboard, use of sanitisers and a microbe shield protective mist in the cabin.”

Bristol airport chief executive Dave Lees added: “We will continue to work in collaboration looking at future route opportunities and strengthening the services between the mainland and the Channel Islands.”