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Channel Islands’ carriers reveal post-Covid codeshare plan

A new co-operation pact between Aurigny and Blue Islands aims to improve Channel Islands connectivity.

The two carriers plan to codeshare on selected routes connecting the Channel Islands with the UK.

The aim is to restore connectivity to both Jersey and Guernsey as the islands emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airlines plan to harmonise their schedules between Guernsey, Jersey, Exeter and Birmingham to offer same-day return services on certain days of the week, while reintroducing popular links.

A “collective effort” will be made to rebuild frequencies between Guernsey and Southampton, as well as connecting the Aurigny and Blue Islands’ wider networks to provide flight options from Alderney, connecting in Guernsey through to Jersey.

The plan is due to be in place following the anticipated easing of travel restrictions in July.

A joint statement said: “Whilst Aurigny and Blue Islands will remain independent, co-operating in the post Covid-19 environment will provide more certainty and choice to islanders and passengers from mainland UK.

“The agreement does not cover pricing, promotion or customer care, which will all continue to be managed by each airline independently and leaving a healthy level of competitive tension in place.”

Aurigny chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout and Blue Islands chief executive Rob Veron said: “We are delighted to announce a co-operation agreement.  Our aim is to sustainably rebuild, preserving consumer choice and ensuring critical air connectivity as we come out of the pandemic.

“We firmly believe this agreement will help to bring stability for both passengers and our employees.

“Whilst we remain competitors, we will continue to seek out areas where efficiencies may be gained from collaboration – ensuring the viability and sustainability of this essential part of island infrastructure.”

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