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Flybe announces daily airlink to Heathrow from Guernsey

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Thursday 21 February 2019

Flybe, Europe's leading regional airline, has today (21st February 2019) announced it will be operating a direct daily flight between Guernsey and Heathrow airport with effect from 31st March 2019.

For the first time in 20 years, this will provide the Island a connection to London's largest airport and to the numerous onward links available via the UKs busiest international hub. Operated by 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, seats are available for booking now at www.flybe.com

Despite being one of world's foremost international finance centres and, with its mild climate and rich history also a popular tourist destination, Guernsey has had no fast, convenient connection to Heathrow since the late 1990's.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer says: "We are naturally delighted to provide Guernsey with connectivity to the capital and onwards to the long-haul destinations available via Heathrow.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many stakeholders including those from government, tourism authorities and airports for their support in enabling us to operate this new service, and we look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board."

Charles Parkinson, President Committee for Economic Development, States of Guernsey said: "We are delighted that Flybe is announcing the launch of this new daily service and prestigious new route, the sixth new air route launch since our 'Open Skies' policy went live in September of 2018. Worldwide connectivity through a major international hub is an important achievement of one of the Committees top strategic objectives, and we would like to thank Flybe for their commitment to Guernsey, and to developing Guernsey's strategic air links."

Mr Parkinson continued: "This new Heathrow service will not only provide much improved connectivity for Guernsey's residents and its visitors, but it will also help in the development of the Guernsey economy and in raising Guernsey's international reputation and profile".

Commenting on the new route, Heathrow Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye added: "We are delighted to welcome a Guernsey service back at Heathrow after a 20-year absence. Flybe's new service will be a huge opportunity to encourage more international tourists to visit this beautiful and unique island, whilst linking Guernsey residents directly to the world."

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