London City flights cut as COVID-19 hits passenger numbers

Blue Islands is cancelling a number of flights between Jersey and London City due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The airline has cancelled London City services with immediate effect, for the following two weeks and hopes a full service will be reinstated in April.

Any passengers booked on these services will be and offered alternative travel or a refund. 

Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands, says: “There has been a sharp reduction in corporate travel to this typically popular business hub and it’s clear that the coronavirus is having an impact on worldwide travel. 

“We have seen local airlines together with low cost and international carriers cancel flights and change their schedules in response to the impact of coronavirus. Many of our business customers have been told not to travel, and of course, we are starting to see conferences and exhibitions cancelled.

“For the long-term health of local connectivity, we need to take decisive and swift action during this time, and this decision will result in very minimal customer disruption.”

There are currently no other changes to the airline’s schedule, and customers can choose from up to four flights a day to Southampton from Jersey. Travel into London from Southampton takes just over an hour with up to four train departures an hour. 

“We are focused on restoring our booking systems fully so that customers can benefit from dynamic pricing as soon as possible, and we are looking at strengthening our route network, whilst ensuring that we take sensible actions to ensure the sustainability of local travel.”

Mr Veron concludes: “We would like to apologise to our customers for this inconvenience and we acknowledge it has been a very challenging time for local travel. The Blue Islands team is working hard to offer our customers the best service possible, but unfortunately, the impact of the coronavirus on travel is inevitable, however we sympathise with business leaders who must prioritise the health of their staff at this time.”

>> INFORMATION FOR PASSENGERS:

If you have a flight between Jersey and London City you will be contacted by our Customer Care team and offered a refund or alternative options.