Jersey Airport

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Jersey Airport
Jersey airport logo.svg
Jersey Airport control tower.jpg
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: JERICAO: EGJJ) is 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[edit]

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]

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

Terminal[edit]

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[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Seasonal: Dublin
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna[6]
BMI Regional Seasonal: Bristol
British Airways London–Gatwick
Carpatair Seasonal charter: Zurich
CityJet Seasonal charter: Guernsey, Rotterdam
easyJet Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton
Seasonal: Belfast–International, London–Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne
Eurowings
operated by Germanwings
Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Flybe Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Exeter, Guernsey, Manchester, Southampton
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Durham/Tees Valley, Düsseldorf (begins 29 April 2017), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Norwich
Seasonal charter: Málaga[7]
Flybe
operated by Blue Islands[8]
Bristol, Guernsey, London-City, Southampton[9]
Seasonal: Geneva[10]
Seasonal charter: Zürich
Germania Seasonal charter: Faro, Madeira, Toulouse
Jet2.com Seasonal: Leeds/Bradford
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Seasonal: Munich
Primera Air Seasonal: Billund, Copenhagen[11]
SkyWork Airlines Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse (begins 3 June 2017), Bern
Volotea Seasonal charter: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South

As well as direct services, Flybe operates flights from Jersey to Birmingham and Exeter with an immediate stop in Guernsey. There are also periodic charter flights to European holiday destinations.

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Atlantic Airlines Bournemouth, East Midlands

Cargo flights, including daily mail and paper services, which are handled by OceanAir Express Logistics, are operated by Atlantic Airlines and RVL Aviation.

General Aviation[edit]

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. Aviation Beauport Ltd is based at Jersey Airport and offers worldwide private charter flights.

Statistics[edit]

Arms and date on the original 1937 tower
Flybe aircraft landing at Jersey
View of the runway
Busiest routes to and from Jersey (2016)[12]
Rank Airport Total
passengers
Change
2015 / 16
1 London–Gatwick 658,968 Increase 1.5%
2 Southampton 161,927 Increase 36.2%
3 Liverpool 115,485 Increase 7.3%
4 Guernsey 113,904 Decrease 10.3%
5 Birmingham 59,832 Increase 1.9%
6 Manchester 51,024 Increase 0.7%
7 Exeter 41,421 Increase 10.3%
8 Glasgow 40,671 Increase 17.3%
9 London–City 36,987 Decrease 14.7%
10 London–Luton 36,398 New route
11 Doncaster Sheffield 33,085 New route
12 Bristol 30,380 Decrease 9.0%
13 East Midlands 26,523 Decrease 13.1%
14 London-Southend 23,761 Increase 9.7%
15 Newcastle 23,674 Increase 32.6%
16 Belfast–International 19,930 Increase 92.5%
17 Cardiff 16,630 Increase 76.3%
18 Dublin 15,790 Increase 9.9%
19 Leeds Bradford 12,200 Decrease 75.6%
20 Madeira 11,280 Increase 3.3%

Ground transportation[edit]

Road[edit]

There are long and short-stay car parks located at the airport, and free parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles.[13]

Public transport[edit]

There is a public taxi rank, and bus stop directly outside the arrivals hall. LibertyBus's route 15 connects with the main terminus, Liberation Station, in St Helier.[14]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Jersey Airport at Wikimedia Commons