EasyJet scraps its only direct flights between Jersey and mainland Europe

EasyJet's direct flights between Jersey and Amsterdam will not be returning in summer 2024. Credit: PA

EasyJet has scrapped its direct flights between Jersey and Amsterdam after less than a year.

The seasonal route was announced in December 2022 and hailed as "a sign of confidence in Jersey as an attractive destination" by the island's Economic Development Minister.

The flights operated twice a week from April to October 2023, but the airline has now decided the route will not be returning next year.

An EasyJet spokesperson said: "Following a review of the route, easyJet is no longer operating flights between Jersey and Amsterdam.

"We concentrate our efforts on maintaining and developing services which prove most popular with customers focusing on offering routes with the greatest demand and we continue to serve customers in Jersey with flights to Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester.

"All impacted customers booked to travel were notified and provided with their options which include a free transfer to an alternative flight or a full refund. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Robert Mackenzie runs a Jersey travel agent. He says the island needs to do more to encourage visitors from Europe:

A spokesperson for Ports of Jersey told ITV News: "EasyJet makes decisions based on commercial considerations, and while the route was well-used by Islanders, it did not attract enough passengers from Amsterdam to retain the route. 

"The success of new routes depends on attracting visitors from other locations.

"Despite efforts to market the island and the route in the Dutch market, this did not happen."

They added that developing "commercially sustainable" air routes is one of Ports of Jersey's priorities, and it is "continuing discussions" with EasyJet on potential additional European routes.

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