Blue Islands awarded European tour operators’ contracts for 2020 Channel Island programme

Visitors from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland will be discovering Guernsey and Jersey in 2020 as Blue Islands once again partners with leading tour operators to provide charter services to the Channel Islands from Zurich, Rotterdam, Groningen and cities across Germany.

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, “Partnering with specialist tour operators focused on niche markets such as Guernsey and Jersey is essential to the prosperity of our islands. As a local airline, Blue Islands is committed to the continued reinvigoration of our visitor economies and we once again look forward to welcoming guests on week-long stays to truly discover our beautiful islands.”

Walter Fink, Rolf Meier Reisen Director said “We have operated to the Channel Islands since 1987 and now in our 12th year of activity with Blue Islands, chosen for its flexible and bespoke service to meet our requirements and deliver an excellent experience for our guests. Thanks to Blue Islands’ unique position as a true Channel Islands operator we are able to offer holiday products to both islands meaning even more choice for our customers using the optimal 68-seat ATR 72 aircraft.”

With two weeks added for the summer 2020 programme, visitors from Zurich will be arriving every Saturday for a 20-week period, between 02 May and 12 September, while visitors from Rotterdam will be arriving on Sundays between 26 April and 06 September, again a 20-week period. This year saw the inaugural nine-week Groningen charter service to Guernsey which sees an extra eight weeks added to the summer 2020 season with flights every Sunday for a 17-week period between 26 April and 16 August.

Mr Veron added, “We are delighted to once again be chosen by Rolf Meier Reisen to fly its guests from Zurich to Guernsey and Jersey and that Sunair has again selected Blue Islands to serve its guests from Rotterdam and Groningen which has been extended by eight weeks.”

Securing Dutch and Swiss visitors follows the recent announcement of charter activity in partnership with Globalis, flying visitors from Germany to Guernsey and Jersey for 2020 between 18 April and 21 June. The programme which sees inbound flights on Saturdays and Sundays from different German airports is designed to welcome visitors to the Channel Islands in the shoulder months. The initial 10-week phase is followed by a second seven-week period between 12 September and 25 October.

Mr Veron commented, “Having partnered with Globalis to provide charter flights from 22 airports across Germany to Jersey in 2019, Blue Islands is proud to have once again been selected by Globalis to operate the expanded programme for 2020. Furthermore, we are delighted to see this operation now include holidays in both Guernsey and Jersey.”