Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Life has just had confirmation that there will be direct flights from Lydd Airport to Jersey this coming summer.
Cinque Ports Travel tells us that the Jersey based C. I. Travel Group, has announced the launch of a new service from Lydd – in 2010.
The Lydd service on a 50-seat Fokker will by operated by CityJet on Saturdays between July 10 and September 11.
There will be free car parking at Lydd Airport for all passengers flying to Jersey for the whole of 2010 to celebrate the launch of the new service. The terminal is just a few steps from the car park.
Robert Mackenzie, managing director of C. I. Travel Group, announced “We are delighted to have concluded negotiations for the launch of a new service from Lydd in the summer of 2010.
“With many more UK holiday-makers deserting the Euro-zone in favour of a holiday closer to home, we believe that this new route will prove to be popular with both new and existing clients in Kent and Sussex.”
The new service was also welcomed by David de Carteret, director of Jersey Tourism, welcomed the announcement, saying the new service would open up an excellent opportunity for the island to market itself “to a new community that can now put Jersey on their
“Rye’s Own” shopping list as a very convenient and attractive option. We look forward to working together to secure a successful operation.”
Lydd Airport’s Jo Oliver said: “With its easy access and fast, hassle-free check-in service, Lydd Airport offers a relaxed and friendly alternative to Gatwick for those who want to explore Jersey. This beautiful island has a wealth of attractions, from adventure parks and castles to superb shops, markets, cafes and restaurants, and we’re sure the new service from Lydd will be extremely popular.”
Steve of Cinque Ports Travel told a “Rye’s Own” reporter that it could also attract a new market to our own tourism industry on the Kent / Sussex Coast.
It could well see the return of Lydd as a serious International departure point, bringing back memories of the good old days of Silver City, when passengers and vehicles were flown out to Le Bourget in Bristol Freighters round the clock in the summer months and regularly throughout the year.