Flybe will be ending its Guernsey to Heathrow route and instead start flights to London Southend.

The news comes just months after they extended the route over winter.

The CEO of Connect Airways, Mark Anderson, confirmed that Heathrow slots used for the Guernsey service are not available to continue the service into the summer season.

Mr Anderson says that Flybe would work with the States of Guernsey to secure slots for the winter season.

Whilst it is very disappointing that we will not be able to continue the Heathrow service into the Summer season, we are very pleased that Flybe did confirm during our discussions that, from the beginning of May, they will fill the gap and operate the London Southend route following the announcement by Blue Islands that they will be suspending the service from 27th January. Seats will go on sale shortly. We will of course continue our dialogue and work on other potential new route opportunities with Mark and his team.

Deputy Charles Parkinson, President Economic Development committee