Channel Islands-based carrier Blue Islands has taken off as Flybe’s third franchise partner alongside Loganair and Stobart Air.

Blue Islands will operate 1,100 flights a month on its Guernsey-Jersey, Guernsey-Southampton, Jersey-Bristol, Jersey-London City and new Jersey-Southampton routes under the Flybe franchise agreement.

The first flight by an aircraft in Flybe livery began operations this week.

Existing Blue Islands’ passengers’ bookings have been transferred to the new Flybe services.

Blue Islands’ managing director Rob Veron (pictured) said: “The first day of our franchise operation went extremely smoothly as planned, despite the regular challenge of Channel island fog.

“By becoming Flybe’s third franchise partner, travel to and from Guernsey and Jersey will become even more convenient thanks to the quick and easy through-connectivity offered through Flybe’s extensive UK and European network, benefitting Channel islanders and visitors alike.”

He added: “All bookings for Blue Islands-operated services can now be made through

“All our flights now operate using Flybe flight numbers and we have commenced our aircraft repainting programme which will see four of our five ATR aircraft sporting the distinctive Flybe livery.”

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer, said: “The start of Blue Islands’ Flybe franchise operation marks a significant milestone for both airlines, creating an exciting synergy between two of the Channel Islands’ best known airlines.

“Through the services they offer, we look forward to bringing the world to the islands’ doorstep, providing customers with increased efficiencies and access to a greater choice of UK and European connections.”