Blue Islands ups the ante on Southampton
Tuesday 29th October 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
COMPETITION on the Guernsey to Southampton air link is hotting up after Blue Islands bought an ATR to fly the route.
The airline’s announcement follows a big push by Flybe to attract customers to use the south coast airport after its decision to pull out of Gatwick.
Blue Islands had previously used a 19-seat Jetstream aircraft for its Southampton flights. Flybe uses a 78-seater turboprop.
But Blue Islands has taken delivery of a 66-seat ATR 72-500 and it will offer 110,000 seats a year on the route.
Its latest purchase comes a little more than two months since it took delivery of its fourth ATR – one whose sole purpose is to be a spare in case of technical problems.
Managing director Rob Veron said the business had now bought three aircraft this year.