EasyJet is to maintain an air link with Jersey when Flybe pulls out of Gatwick next spring.

The budget carrier, which is buying Flybe’s 25 Gatwick take off and landing slots, is to run a year-round service from March 30, 2014.

EasyJet will operate three flights a day – one less than Flybe – using 156-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Tickets for the new service, which will be easyJet’s 102nd destination served from Gatwick, go on sale next month.

The Gatwick service to Jersey brings the total number of easyJet routes to the island to five alongside existing flights from Southend, Liverpool, Glasgow and Newcastle.

The airline’s group commercial director Cath Lynn said: “We are pleased to confirm the introduction of easyJet’s new flights between London Gatwick and Jersey from spring 2014, which underlines our continued commitment to serving the destinations that our customers tell us that they want to fly to on our easy and affordable services.

“The new early flight which departs Gatwick at 7am will allow business travellers to reach Jersey in time for a full day of meetings while the evening departure enables them to fly home on the same day and offers travellers from Jersey a full day in the capital and evening flights back.

“The introduction of low cost seats will also help to boost tourism to the island with the daily flights giving maximum flexibility for those visiting Jersey on short or long breaks.”