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Aurigny launches Exeter and Birmingham flights

Aurigny is pleased to announce that it will be launching two new permanent direct air services from Guernsey to ensure essential island connections with Birmingham and Exeter are maintained following the collapse of Flybe.

06 March 2020

The first new service to Birmingham will operate on Wednesday 11th March and the new Exeter service on Thursday 12th March.

Mark Darby, Chief Executive said, “We believe that maintaining Guernsey’s connectivity is key and with the collapse of Flybe it is an unmissable opportunity for Aurigny to provide a valuable customer service while at the same time increasing our operation and improving our financial position. Given that we are able to do this with no increase in fixed costs and with aircraft, crew and a user-friendly booking system immediately available to us we hope that this will alleviate some travel concerns that islanders may have at this time.”

The services could be expanded if the Coronavirus situation changes and demand warrants it, but at present are planned to be:

Birmingham: A direct return service in the late morning - 1 x Daily (initially excluding Tues and Thurs)
Exeter: A direct return service 1 x daily (initially excluding Tues, Wed, Sat).

Aurigny have welcomed the positive discussions with Exeter and Birmingham airports and look forward to working with them on a regular basis. The new Aurigny services will be on sale on from Saturday 7th March. Bookings for these services can be made with confidence on our website and through our usual sales channels. Guernsey links will be further improved as these will now be direct services with no need to stop either way in Jersey.

Matt Roach, Exeter Airport’s Managing Director said: “The collapse of our long-term partner airline Flybe represented a desperately sad day for us all here at Exeter Airport. We are therefore delighted that Guernsey’s Aurigny Airlines has quickly stepped in to operate flights from Exeter to Guernsey which will ensure continued service to this popular destination for our region and customers”

Mark Darby concluded: “Our professional and dependable staff and service are well known within the routes we currently fly. We hope regular travellers to Exeter and Birmingham who previously flew with Flybe will welcome the addition of these routes to our network and the familiar Aurigny service.”

Tickets on sale Saturday 7 March on Aurigny.com

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