Jersey Airport

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Jersey Airport
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Terminal Jersey Airport Abfertigungsgebäude Flughafen Jersey Channel Islands Great Britain Großbritannien Foto Wolfgang Pehlemann DSC04977.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorJersey Airport
LocationSaint Peter, Jersey
Hub forBlue Islands
Elevation AMSL277 ft / 84 m
Coordinates49°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 Edit this at Wikidata
EGJJ is located in Channel Islands
Location on Jersey
EGJJ is located in the United Kingdom
Location relative to the United Kingdom
EGJJ is located in France
EGJJ (France)
EGJJ is located in Europe
EGJJ (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,706 5,597 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passenger Change 21-22Increase97%
Aircraft Movements17,083
Movements Change 21-22Increase70%
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.


Air service to Jersey before 1937 consisted of biplane airliners and some seaplanes landing on the beach at Saint Aubin's bay. Jersey Airways and Imperial Airways were among those who operated to the island before the Second World War, but conditions were difficult as tides governed timetables. It was also difficult to prevent public members from walking across the landing area, and any aircraft that 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 (86 years ago) (1937-03-10) with four grass runways, the longest being 2,940 ft (896 m) with a concrete centreline.

In early March 1940 the Admiralty took over Jersey airport, to use as a Naval Air Station, known as RNAS Jersey. 755 Naval Air Squadron, a Telegraphist Air Gunner Training Squadron and 763 Naval Air Squadron, Torpedo, Spotter, Reconnaissance Pool No.1 arrived on 11 March 1940. On 21 May 1940, 826 Naval Air Squadron arrived for one weeks operation, departing on 29 May. However, due to the German occupation of France and the proximity to the Channel Islands, the Government concluded the Islands weren't defendable and both 755 NAS and 763 NAS were withdrawn on 31 May 1940 with RNAS Jersey closing on the same day. 816 Naval Air Squadron briefly used Jersey Airport between 6 and 11 June 1940, however, on 1 July 1940 the Island was occupied by German forces.[3]

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. 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.[4] Designated 09/27 in 1952, the runway was redesignated 08/26 in October 2014 due to a shift in the earth's magnetic poles.[5]

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. The States of Jersey passed a business case in early-2015 and the companies were joined on 1 October 2015.

There were approximately 47,000 aircraft movements and 1,600,000 passengers at the airport during 2016.[2]


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. On 17 March 2014 it was determined that the old terminal building would have to be demolished on grounds of aviation safety,[6] but this was later reconsidered and in 2021 it was confirmed that the building would not be demolished.[7]

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 the Republic of Ireland. There would be full passport check when travelling to or from other countries, however.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Jersey:[8]

Aer Lingus Seasonal: Belfast–City (begins 6 May 2023),[9] Dublin[10]
Blue Islands Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Exeter, Guernsey, Southampton
Seasonal: Dublin, Ibiza, Norwich, Rennes
British Airways London–Heathrow[11]
Seasonal: London–City
Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca[12]
Eastern Airways Seasonal: Humberside,[13] Teesside[14]
easyJet Glasgow, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Manchester
Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins 1 April 2023),[15] Belfast–International, Edinburgh (resumes 3 April 2023)[15]
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf Seasonal: East Midlands,[16] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted,[16] Newcastle upon Tyne[16]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich

General aviation[edit]

Tower buildings
Terminal interior
View of the runway

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 Gama Aviation are based at Jersey Airport and offer worldwide private charter flights.


Annual passenger traffic at JER airport. See Wikidata query.
Busiest routes to and from Jersey (2022)[17]
Rank Airport Total
2021 / 22
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow 316,832 Increase 101.5% British Airways
2 United Kingdom London–Gatwick 297,087 Increase 117.5% easyJet
3 United Kingdom Liverpool 101,802 Increase 110.6% easyJet
4 United Kingdom Southampton 99,706 Increase 86.6% Blue Islands
5 United Kingdom Manchester 80,917 Increase 77.6% easyJet
6 United Kingdom London–Luton 77,464 Increase 118.4% easyJet
7 Guernsey Guernsey 72,492 Increase 286.5% Blue Islands
8 United Kingdom Glasgow 49,825 Increase 64.7% easyJet
9 United Kingdom Birmingham 40,554 Increase 52.3% Blue Islands,
10 United Kingdom Bristol 36,555 Increase 31.9% Blue Islands

Ground transport[edit]


There are long and short-stay car parks located at the airport, and free parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles.[18] 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[edit]

There is a public taxi rank, and bus stop directly outside the arrivals hall. LibertyBus route 15 is the main service between the Airport and the main bus station, Liberation Station in St Helier.[19] - it runs every 15 minutes (20 on Sundays). Additionally, hourly route 9 between St Helier and La Grève de Lecq calls at the airport as does seasonal route 22 between St Helier and l'Etacq, also hourly.

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jersey – EGJJ".
  2. ^ a b "Aircraft and passenger traffic data from UK airports". UK Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  3. ^ "RNAS Jersey". Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ Airline cuts back island flights BBC News – 9 October 2007
  5. ^ "Jersey airport runway re-named as magnetic pole shifts". BBC News. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  6. ^ "BBC News – Jersey's listed airport building can be demolished". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ "1937 Airport building will be allowed to stay". Jersey Evening Post. 25 February 2021. Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  8. ^ - Where we fly to retrieved 7 July 2019
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  10. ^ "Aer Lingus and Emerald Airlines to start regional routes from St Patrick's Day 2022". 16 December 2021.
  11. ^ "British Airways". Archived from the original on 30 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Flight infirmation".
  13. ^ "Jersey Holidays Direct from Humberside Airport".
  14. ^ "Flights To and From Durham Tees Valley (MME) | Eastern Airways". Archived from the original on 2 March 2020.
  15. ^ a b "EASYJET NS23 NETWORK ADDITIONS – 11DEC22". Aeroroutes. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  16. ^ a b c " launches five new routes to Jersey for Summer 2021". 30 October 2020.
  17. ^ "Airport Data 2022". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 21 March 2023. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  18. ^ Jersey Airport Archived 3 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^[bare URL PDF]

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