The Channel Islands’ leading travel company, C.I. Travel Group, is expanding its popular summer service between London Oxford Airport and Jersey for 2010, with flights starting on 22 May. For the first time it is offering onward connections to Guernsey, providing holiday-makers with the option of a twin-centre holiday.
The addition of flights during May and June follows the success of direct Jersey services introduced last summer, which marked the first commercial airline operations at the airport for 20 years. Jersey flights this year will operate weekly on Saturdays through to mid September: “Forward bookings on the route are already very promising and are well ahead of bookings from the Group’s 22 other UK airports serving the Channel Islands,” said Robert Mackenzie, Managing Director of C. I. Travel Group. “We’re confident we’ll match last year’s success, having sold 93% of all seats.”
The flight times for the 2010 season have been brought forward slightly to lunchtime departures, leaving London Oxford Airport’s state-of-the-art oxfordjet business aviation terminal at 13:00 and arriving in Jersey a little over an hour later at 14:05. Return flights depart Jersey at 11:20 and arrive in Oxford at 12:25.
David Gambier, MD of Oxford-based Great Experience Travel said: “We are delighted with the continued level of demand for holidays from Oxford to Jersey. The convenience of being able to fly from Oxford without the hassle of going to Birmingham or one of the London airports, takes flying back to the pleasurable experience it used to be. Our clients tell us that a lunchtime departure is very welcome, enabling them to travel to the airport at their leisure and arrive in the Channel Islands in plenty of time to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the beach and dinner at one of the Island’s fine restaurants.”
Hassle-free flight connections from Jersey to Guernsey are an option for those wishing to further explore the Channel Islands. “More and more clients are looking to use the Jersey flights as a way of getting to Guernsey,” said Robert Mackenzie. “There are great flight connections between the two islands, making Guernsey easily accessible either for the whole holiday or as a two-centre break with Jersey. Some flights are nearly sold out already but there is still good availability during the school holidays. We have chosen to offer an extended season too, which will be appreciated by those who prefer to travel outside of school holidays and enjoy the array of fauna and flora that the islands offer during spring and late summer.”
“We are delighted to see the Jersey flights for 2010 selling so well already,” said London Oxford Airport Managing Director Steve Jones. “We hope to see Guernsey as a direct airline destination in due course as it’s our second most requested UK leisure destination. A huge number of customers tell us they’d like non-stop flights to the island from Oxford, especially as Jersey has proven popular beyond expectation.”
Jersey flights from London Oxford Airport for 2010 will operate with seat only and inclusive holidays being sold exclusively by C.I. Travel Group’s well-established consumer brands including Discover Jersey and Channel Islands Travel Service. Its Airways Holidays brand is sold through local independent travel agents. Bookings can be made online at www.discoverjersey.com.
This summer, flights will be operated by CityJet (VLM) with a modern and comfortable 50-seater Fokker 50. Seat only prices to Jersey start from just £188 and inter-connecting flights to Guernsey are in the region of £70 return taking just 20 minutes.
Accommodation in Jersey starts at just £26 pppn at the Villa Isis in Jersey and £37 pppn at the St George Guest House in Guernsey. Many hotels on both islands have free halfboard and free night offers which offer fantastic savings.
In another positive step for passenger services from London Oxford Airport, award-winning Swiss regional carrier BABOO has already opened bookings for winter 2010/11 services on its weekly scheduled service from Oxford to Geneva. With the success of this winter’s services to the Swiss and French Alps that proved popular with Thames Valley skiers, flights will again operate from mid-December. “We’re delighted to see BABOO returning,” said Steve Jones, “This is a core airline service for the airport now and passengers have enjoyed the new Geneva link tremendously. Being on sale much earlier for winter 2010/11, we hope to see strong forward bookings from the ski market and are thrilled that BABOO has again chosen Oxford as only their second UK departure point.”