Major reasons to serve this airport
Jersey Airport plays a significant role in the growth of Jersey’s major industries – finance and tourism. The Island’s history has resulted in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated community, open to every challenge and opportunity.
Jersey is an established international finance centre for both private and institutional clients seeking a quality location to meet their banking and investment requirements. Jersey employs up to 12,000 professionally trained staff in the finance and support industry.
Tourism is vital to the Island’s economy and has been a significant part of life in Jersey for many years. A number of residents owe part of their living and a significant part of their lifestyle as a result of tourism.
Despite measuring just 45 square miles, Jersey has a resident population of circa 97,000 and welcomes over 300,000 tourist visitors each year. With a multitude of high quality hotels and spas, restaurants and excellent low-tax shopping, the Island is perfect for a year-round short break as well as remaining a popular destination for couples and families looking for an extended summer holiday, especially European visitors. There is also high demand for the VFR market.
Marketing and other support
- With a dedicated Commercial Team, which includes Route Development and Marketing, we offer every support in helping airlines establish new services to and from Jersey.
- Jersey Airport can provide the latest market information such as passenger profiles, statistics and route potential to any airline considering establishing services to and from Jersey.
- Jersey Airport can provide financial, marketing and PR assistance in support of new routes. In addition, there is a willingness to offer route incentives.
- With its wide network among the Island’s business and hospitality community, Jersey Airport can arrange briefings and meetings between airlines and its key partners and business influencers to discuss future air link opportunities.
- The marketing team offers a complete communications and PR package, which involves news releases and media briefings as well as promotional events and activities to publicise routes. The team enjoys excellent relationships with local and trade media and will work closely alongside airline partners to best publicise new routes and services, using a variety of medium such as radio, online, television and hard print. The team also works closely alongside tourism representatives on destination marketing initiatives to support air links and has its own dedicated social media channels.
Although just 45 square miles, Jersey has a resident population of approximately 97,000 people and welcomes over 300,000 tourist visitors each year. The principal catchment area for visitors lies within the British Isles, which accounts for approx. 80% of air traffic.
Recent years has seen a significant increase in the number of visitors from mainland Europe, in particular Switzerland, with Geneva and Zurich available as year-round destinations as well as summer only services to a number of German airports. 2013 will also see year-round direct air services to Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Amsterdam.
A high proportion of Jersey’s resident population are not native to the Island with many originating from across the British Isles, Portugal and Poland. Therefore, demand for VFR market remains high throughout the year
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
Jersey supports a significant fresh produce sector for high yielding tomato and horticultural products such as the famous ‘Jersey Royal’ potato
- Located approximately 160kms south of mainland Britain and 22kms west of the nearby French coast of Normandy, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and with its successful ‘open skies’ policy remains the primary gateway for air passengers into this most southernly part of the British Isles. Measuring 45 square miles, nine miles east to west and five miles north to south, Jersey has a resident population of approximately 97,000 people.
- Jersey Airport is located in the westerly Parish of St Peter and is approximately five miles from the Island’s capital, St Helier.
- The Island slopes from north to south with some 720kms of roadways, which is a mix of fast routes and quiet rural lanes, creating endless opportunities to discover the unexpected and impressive landscapes. Jersey boasts an award-winning 72km network of country roads, commonly known as ‘Green Lanes’, which have a maximum speed limit of 24kph where priority is given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The maximum traffic speed limit is 64kph.
- Road transport links to and from Jersey Airport are excellent. There is a public bus operating from immediately outside the arrivals terminal building, which offers regular daily services to and from the Island’s capital, St Helier. The journey time is approximately 25 minutes. In addition, a number of private and public rank taxis are available for hire outside the arrivals terminal building as well as on-site hire car operators.
Infrastructure & Operations
- 1 x runway, measuring 1706 metres
- Jersey Airport handles Category 6 aircraft and Category 7+ on request
- Jersey Airport opens 0600-2030z in summer and 0700-2100 in winter.
- Jersey Airport has one departures terminal and one arrival terminal.
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
March 2012 saw the successful integration of Jersey Airport and Jersey Harbours into one combined organisation, commonly known as Ports of Jersey and led by a Group CEO and Executive Team. Although a single group structure now exists, the organisation retains its four core functions and brands, namely Jersey Airport, Jersey Marinas, Jersey Coastguard and Port of Jersey. By integrating the two businesses the opportunity now exists to create a clear vision and new business strategy to develop and grow, allowing the combined organisation to reinvigorate and refocus itself, while at the same time delivering synergies, efficiencies and best practices across every department. Key objectives of the combined organisation include:
- Improve and focus more attention on customers, the travelling public and business partners;
- Address the three levers of profitability, namely price, costs and growth;
- Become more agile in business dealings, thereby accelerating the organisation’s ability to respond to changes, seize revenue cost and growth opportunities.
Over the past seven years Jersey Airport has invested over £70m in major capital works projects. These projects have included replacement of the apron (completed 2007), re-profiling and resurfacing of the runway (completed 2009), redevelopment of the airside departures lounge (completed 2009), construction of a new air traffic control facility (completed 2010) and part demolition of the arrivals terminal (completed 2012). While many of these projects have been very much in the public eye there have also been a number of other projects going on behind the scenes to improve the level of facilities available to passengers and aircraft. This has included replacement of baggage screening system (completed 2010) as well as the current project to redesign the Channel Islands airspace, which has only seen minor improvements since the last major modification in the 1960s.
Future projects expected to commence in 2013 include a part-refurbishment of the airside passenger pier, construction of a new air freight facility and creation of a new fixed based operator to cope with increasing demand from the corporate aviation industry.
- Jersey Airport handled over 1.4 million commercial passengers in 2012. While the majority of travel focuses on the British Isles, attracting business and leisure travellers as well as a strong VFR market, recent years has also seen a significant increase in traffic from Switzerland and Germany. 2013 will also see the reintroduction of direct air services to Paris and Amsterdam. While the majority of leisure travellers will use London airports as a hub for onward connection, there is increasing interest from passengers in considering other central European airports as alternative hubs.
- Recent years has seen an increase in the number of low-cost routes introduced by carriers such as easyJet, Air Berlin and Jet2. With the exception of London Heathrow, Jersey is served by all other London airports.
- In summer 2013 Jersey is likely to be served from up to 48 scheduled destinations across the British Isles and mainland Europe as well as numerous charter services to sunshine destinations. These scheduled airlines include:
- Aer Lingus
- Aer Lingus Regional
- Air Berlin
- Blue Islands
- British Airways