Channel Islands — Airports
Located less than five miles from the Jersey capital of St Helier, Jersey Airport serves 1.5 million passengers a year making it the biggest airport in the Channel Islands. Its single terminal was completed in 1997 and a new traffic control tower was opened late in 2010. The busiest routes in 2011 were London Gatwick, Southampton, Guernsey, and Manchester, served by British Airways, Flybe, and Blue Islands, respectively. Other airlines using the facility include easyJet, Air Berlin, Bmibaby, and Lufthansa.
Ireland is well served with flights to Dublin and Cork via Aer Lingus, and Belfast flights offered by Jet2. Flybe offers routes to the Scottish cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen, and the German cities of Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt are served by Air Berlin and Lufthansa. The airport hosts the popular Jersey International Air Display every September.
The terminal is modern and comfortable, and offers ATMs landside and airside, with a currency exchange facility at the information desk. It’s child-friendly, with baby changing rooms, kids’ meals, and high chairs on request, and offers assistance for disabled passengers. A range of shops and duty-free outlets is set landside and airside, and there’s a good choice of bars and eateries including the Island Market restaurant inside. Car rental can be found on site, and parking spaces are close by the terminal. Onward transportation is by bus, limo, coach, or taxi.
Situated three miles from St Peter Port, Guernsey Airport boasts a new terminal completed in 2004. Annual passenger throughput totals almost a million, and its runway is due for a major extension to allow landings of larger aircraft.
Airlines serving the facility are Air Berlin, Blue Islands, CityJet, Aurigny Air Services, and Flybe, offering routes to London Gatwick and London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Southampton, and several other UK airports.
Seasonal flights to Rotterdam, Frankfurt, and Hanover are offered, as is Flybe’s Jersey route. The ultra-modern terminal provides internet access, a conference room, good quality catering outlets, assistance for the disabled, duty-free outlets, a convenience shop, and car parking. Onward transportation is by bus or taxi.
Little Alderney Airport was the first airport in the Channel Islands, and is just over a mile from the town of St Anne, in the center of the island. The only airline serving the facility is Auvigny Air Services, which offers flights to Southampton and Guernsey. The airport’s single terminal was opened in 1968 and is now showing its age. Facilities are basic and include a snack and souvenir shop and duty-free goods. Passengers can walk or cycle into town or take a bus in the summer months. Car rental is available for those who prefer to self-drive.