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The first ‘scheduled’ charter flights start on July 11

Oxford Airport prepares for the arrival of first airliner charter

Oxford Airport is keenly anticipating the arrival of its first airliner charter later this month. The first ‘scheduled’ charter flights, to Jersey in the Channel Islands, start on July 11 when CI Travel Group launches Saturday flights, which will operate through to September 12. CI Travel is the first travel company to offer regular seasonal flights from Oxford, representing the first commercial services at the airport for 20 years.

“We are delighted to welcome these new regular charter flights this month,” said Oxford Airport Managing Director Steve Jones. “The flights will operate from our newly built oxfordjet business aviation terminal, so passengers will benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and the comfort and luxury of the beautifully appointed passenger lounge.”

Jersey is the most southerly of the Channel Islands, located some 100 miles south of mainland Britain and just 14 miles off the French coast. The island is renowned for its magnificent sandy beaches, sheltered coves and crystal clear waters. Inland, winding lanes give the visitor the opportunity to appreciate Jersey’s unspoilt and carefully protected countryside, home to many species of fauna and flora not found elsewhere in Britain. The Jersey climate consistently tops the UK resort charts for hours of sunshine and warm temperatures.

“The Oxford-Jersey flights are already proving extremely popular,” said Robert Mackenzie, Managing Director of Jersey-based CI Travel Group. “The first flight is totally sold out with only a few seats remaining on the rest of the July flights. Forward bookings for the rest of the season are well above average, so we anticipate a very successful first season.” Seat only and inclusive holidays are being sold exclusively by CI Travel Group’s well-established consumer brands including Discover Jersey and Channel Islands Travel Service. Its Airways Holidays brand is sold through local independent travel agents.

The flights will be operated by Plymouth-based Air Southwest using Bombardier Dash 8-300, 50-seat turboprop aircraft with seat only prices from just £150 return, inclusive of all handling and baggage fees. Flights depart Oxford on Saturdays at 1520, arriving Jersey at 1630. Jersey-Oxford flights commence from 18th July, departing Jersey at 1345, arriving Oxford at 1455. 

“With record temperatures forecast for the UK this summer and more holidaymakers avoiding the Euro exchange rates in favour of a holiday closer to home, we believe the timing of this new route couldn’t be better,” commented Steve Jones. “With our 1,319m (4,327ft) runway and new ILS (instrument landing system) Oxford Airport is ideally sized for niche, charter operations. We are just over an hour’s drive away from the west end of London and believe that Oxford now represents a very convenient, easy access alternative to the established London airport choices. Car parking is very reasonable at just £25 per week; £5.00 per week-day and free at weekends.”

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