Jersey Airport

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Jersey Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Jersey Airport
Serves Jersey
Location Saint Peter
Elevation AMSL 277 ft / 84 m
Coordinates 49°12′29″N 002°11′43″W / 49.20806°N 2.19528°W / 49.20806; -2.19528Coordinates: 49°12′29″N 002°11′43″W / 49.20806°N 2.19528°W / 49.20806; -2.19528
Website jerseyairport.com
Map
EGJJ is located in Channel Islands
EGJJ
EGJJ
Location on Jersey
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,706 5,597 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,614,705
Passenger Change 15–16 Increase3.9%
Aircraft Movements 47,170
Movements Change 15–16 Increase0.7%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Jersey Airport (IATA: JER, ICAO: EGJJ) is an international airport located in the parish of Saint Peter, 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) west northwest of Saint Helier[1] in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

History

Air service to Jersey before 1937 consisted of biplane airliners and some seaplanes landing on the beach at Saint Aubin bay. Jersey Airways and Imperial Airways were among those who operated to the island before the Second World War, but conditions were difficult as timetables were governed by tides. It was also difficult to prevent members of the public from walking across the landing area, and any aircraft which had mechanical problems had to be dragged up the slipways until the tide receded.

The States of Jersey decided to build an airport which opened on 10 March 1937 with four grass runways, the longest being 2,940 ft (896 m) with a concrete centreline. Concrete taxiways were added during the World War II occupation by the Luftwaffe – they also built hangars, one of which, the Jersey Airlines hangar, is still in existence although no longer used. A 4,200 ft (1,280 m) tarmac runway was opened in 1952 and the grass strips were closed. A feature of the airport in the 1950s was the traffic control system – traffic-lights were in place to prevent vehicles using the road from Les Quennevais to the Airport when planes were being moved to or from the hangar used by B.E.A.

The runway was lengthened several times over the years, reaching its current length of 5,560 ft (1,690 m) in 1976. The runway is 150 ft (46 m) wide. Additional taxiways were added several years later to improve access to the one end of the runway. However, due to its restricted length, in October 2007 Thomsonfly announced the removal of some services as it introduced the larger Boeing 737-800 to its fleet.[3] Designated 09/27 in 1952, the runway was redesignated 08/26 in October 2014 due to a shift in the earth's magnetic poles.[4]

In March 2012, led by a Group Chief Executive, the successful completion of an integration programme with Jersey Harbours saw the creation of Ports of Jersey. A business case was passed by the States of Jersey in early 2015 and the companies were joined on 1 October 2015.

There were approximately 47,000 aircraft movements and 1.6 million passengers at the airport during 2016.[2]

Terminal

The 1937 terminal was designed with a control tower between the arrivals and departures areas. The terminal was extended in 1976. A new departures terminal adjoining the existing terminal was opened in 1997. A new air traffic control tower was completed and opened in late 2010, and all major airport operations have been transferred to these new buildings.

Work was intended to begin late 2011 to demolish the original airport building, constructed in 1937 and which contains large quantities of asbestos but work was never undertaken as the building was nominated as a protected historical building. Eventually, on 17 March 2014 it was determined on grounds of aviation safety, that the old terminal building would have to be demolished.[5]

Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, which means that there are limited identity card checks before boarding a flight to the UK or Ireland. There would be full passport check when travelling to or from other countries.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Jersey:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional Seasonal: Dublin
Air Europa Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca[7]
British Airways London–Gatwick
easyJet Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh, London–Southend, London–Luton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Flybe Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands,[8] Exeter, Guernsey, London-City, Manchester, Southampton
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Durham Tees Valley, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Inverness, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Málaga,[9] Rotterdam[10]
Germania Seasonal charter: Tenerife–South[11]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford
Loganair Seasonal: Bournemouth (begins 29 April 2019),[12] Humberside (begins 11 May 2019),[13] Norwich
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich

Cargo

Airlines Destinations
West Atlantic UK East Midlands, Guernsey[citation needed]

General aviation

Apart from scheduled airline services, Jersey Airport accommodates a thriving general aviation population, including the Jersey Aero Club. It is also home to the Jersey International Air Display in September each year. Both Isle-Fly and Aviation Beauport Ltd are based at Jersey Airport and offer worldwide private charter flights.

Statistics

Arms and date on the original 1937 tower
Flybe aircraft landing at Jersey
View of the runway
Busiest routes to and from Jersey (2017)[14]
Rank Airport Total
passengers
Change
2016 / 17
1 London–Gatwick 664,879 Increase 0.9%
2 Southampton 161,927 Increase 36.2%
3 Liverpool 115,485 Increase 7.3%
4 Guernsey 100,960 Decrease 11.4%
5 Birmingham 60,251 Increase 0.7%
6 Glasgow 56,138 Increase 38.0%
7 Manchester 51,024 Increase 0.7%
8 London–Luton 46,574 Increase 28.0%
9 Exeter 42,709 Increase 3.1%
10 East Midlands 35,646 Increase 34.4%
11 London–City 35,150 Decrease 5.0%
12 Doncaster Sheffield 33,096 Increase 0.1%
13 Bristol 26,579 Decrease 12.6%
14 London-Southend 25,701 Increase 8.2%
15 Newcastle 23,674 Increase 32.6%
16 Belfast–International 20,793 Increase 4.4%
17 Cardiff 17,134 Increase 3.1%
18 Dublin 13,827 Decrease 12.4%
19 Leeds Bradford 13,426 Increase 10.0%
20 Madeira 10,943 Decrease 3.0%

Ground transport

Road

There are long and short-stay car parks located at the airport, and free parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles.[15] There are also many Car Hire companies, with desks located in the Arrivals Hall.

The airport connects to the road network via a roundabout onto L'Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II and L'Avenue de la Commune.

Public transport

There is a public taxi rank, and bus stop directly outside the arrivals hall. LibertyBus routes 9 and 15 terminate at the main bus station, Liberation Station in St Helier.[16]

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b "Jersey – EGJJ".
  2. ^ a b "Aircraft and passenger traffic data from UK airports". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ Airline cuts back island flights BBC News – 9 October 2007
  4. ^ "Jersey airport runway re-named as magnetic pole shifts". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC News – Jersey's listed airport building can be demolished". Bbc.co.uk. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. ^ jerseyairport.com - Where we fly to retrieved 31 December 2017
  7. ^ "Flying To Majorca - Customer Info - Direct Flights & Holidays From The Channel Islands". www.flydirect.je.
  8. ^ "Flybe Announces Winter 2017-2018 Schedule from Jersey". www.jerseyairport.com.
  9. ^ http://www.flydirect.je/customer-info/our-aircraft
  10. ^ Woerkom, Klaas-Jan van (28 March 2018). "Blue Islands vanaf april tussen Rotterdam en Kanaaleilanden".
  11. ^ "Flying To Tenerife - Customer Info - Direct Flights & Holidays From The Channel Islands". www.flydirect.je.
  12. ^ "Loganair launches new routes to Channel Islands from Bournemouth Airport". Bournemouth Echo. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Jersey Flights/Holidays". airwaysholidays.com. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Airport Data 2016". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  15. ^ Jersey Airport Archived 3 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ http://www.libertybus.je/pdfs/15x.pdf

External links

Media related to Jersey Airport at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
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