Channel Islands-based Blue Islands today announces it will operate multiple daily flights between Manchester and Exeter as the regional airline continues to maintain essential regional connectivity.
Rob Veron, CEO Blue Islands said, “We understand the importance of regional connectivity, with 120,000 passengers flying between Manchester and Exeter in 2019 we have reacted quickly to maintain these vital connections between Manchester and the South West.
“We look forward to providing key UK regional infrastructure in this first phase of activity from Exeter Airport as we continue to sustainably develop our route network in key markets.”
Matt Roach, Managing Director at Exeter Airport said, “With routes already secured to Jersey and now with the addition of multiple daily services from Exeter to Manchester, we are delighted that Blue Islands has been able to provide this key infrastructure to the South West, and so quickly after the disruptions which followed Flybe’s collapse last week.”
Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Blue Islands to Manchester Airport, the UK’s global gateway in the North.
“The new Exeter service will help maintain the crucial connections between the North of England and the South West, whilst giving Exeter and the surrounding area access to our global network of 210 destinations.
“We are sure this news will be well-received by business communities in both regions, as well as those who relied on Flybe’s Exeter service for visiting family and friends.”
Commenting on the news Chris Fletcher, Policy and Communications Director at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said, “This is very welcome news and sees an important connection made between Manchester and the South West. At a time when trade and connections are under the spotlight it is important that all parts of the UK are joined up and from previous experience there is significant interest in this particular route.”
Blue Islands added flights from Jersey to Birmingham and Exeter to its network, which started Wednesday 11 March, with existing services operating between Guernsey and Jersey and to Bristol, East Midlands, London City, Newquay and Southampton. Flights between Exeter and Manchester will be available to book imminently, with services starting mid-April.