Heathrow route could be gone by October
Guernsey’s Heathrow link could be gone by October according to documentation seen by Island FM.
The slots to be used by Flybe were originally used by an airline called Cobalt Air under lease from Virgin Atlantic. Cobalt went under in October last year and the slots were returned to Virgin who were then at risk of losing the pair for nothing – when their value could be in the tens of millions of pounds.
The ‘slot swap’ form, submitted to Airport Coordination Limited – the body who organises slot allocations across the UK – show the times to be used by Flybe are only available between the 31st of March and the 26th of October. After that, the times change for the winter schedule.
The continuation of the Guernsey to Heathrow service is, as per Flybe, dependent on the success of the route in its trial months, however no metric has been provided to measure any success.
‘They’ve [Flybe] said there’s a good chance we’ll be able to continue, possibly with slightly different timings through the winter, but all this depends on the success of the trial,’ explained Deputy Charles Parkinson.
‘We haven’t defined success, but they have in mind a certain percentage of seats will be booked [but] I’m not sure exactly where they would draw that line.’
Flybe have not responded to a request for comment.