Flybe said yesterday that it is launching a “hop on, hop off’ service between Aberdeen and Jersey, briefly stopping at Leeds Bradford and Southampton.
From 26 October, the FlyShuttle service will run three times a day both northbound and southbound on a 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. Journey time southbound will be about four and a half hours, but northbound will sometimes be longer when passengers boarding at Jersey need to clear UK customs.
Chief commercial officer Paul Simmons described the service as “convenient and affordable,” and said it has been set up to be a “shuttle bus service in the sky”.
He added: “We are delighted to again show our commitment to Aberdeen by adding these additional services and expect that Southampton and Jersey will prove particularly popular for both leisure and business travel.”
Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, said the service will offer good connections for cruises leaving and arriving at Southampton.
The addition of the service comes after Flybe earlier this month unveiled a new Inverness to Dublin route as it posted its results for last year.
Simmons at the time referred to the company’s “rebirth” as it returned to profit after a major restructuring. This included off-loading 1,000 staff, cutting some routes and reducing its total UK aircraft bases from 13 to seven, no longer including Aberdeen.