Guernsey and Isle of Man agree 'air bridge' deal

The governments of Guernsey and the Isle of Man have agreed to form an ‘air bridge’ allowing travel between the jurisdictions without the need for self-isolating on arrival.

This air bridge is expected to be the first established by any governments in the British Isles, as well as being the first air bridge between two jurisdictions within the British Isles.

It is anticipated that commercial flights will begin next month and run for an initial six-week period, with Aurigny due to announce details of flight schedules and ticket sales next week.

The decision to form an air bridge follows talks last week between the Chief Ministers of Guernsey and the Isle of Man, as well as both governments’ Public Health teams.

Both jurisdictions have very similar measures in place for border controls from other locations, and robust testing and contact tracing capabilities, and neither have seen a new case of Covid-19 for several weeks.