Jersey Airport

Jersey Airport
Jersey Airport
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Approaching runway 27 at Jersey Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Jersey Airport
Serves Jersey
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
EGJJ is located in Channel Islands
Location on Jersey
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,706 5,597 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 1,463,221
Passenger change 09-10 decrease1.9%
Aircraft Movements 61,739
Movements change 09-10 decrease3.7%
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, one of the British Crown Dependencies in the Channel Islands.



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.

Arms and date on the original 1937 tower

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 is still in existence. 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 in 1976. 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 introduces the larger Boeing 737-800 to its fleet.[3]

There are approximately 62,000 aircraft movements and 1.46 million passengers annually at the airport based on 2010 statistics.[2]


The 1937 terminal was designed with a control tower between the arrivals and departures areas. The terminal was extended in 1976. A new 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 began in late 2011 to demolish the original airport building, constructed in 1937, which contains large quantities of asbestos.

BMI aircraft taking off at Jersey

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Aer Arann
Seasonal: Cork
Air Berlin Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover
Aurigny Air Services Guernsey, London-Stansted
Blue Islands Bristol, Bournemouth, Geneva, Guernsey, Isle of Man, London-City, Manchester, Southampton, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Oxford, Dundee[4]
Bmibaby East Midlands
British Airways London-Gatwick
Brighton City Airways Shoreham [Proposed]
CityJet Seasonal charter: Manston
EasyJet Liverpool, London-Southend [begins 2 May]
Seasonal: Glasgow-International
Flybe Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Geneva, Guernsey, Isle of Man, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Southampton
Seasonal: Doncaster/Sheffield, Humberside, Durham Tees Valley Seasonal: Belfast-International, Blackpool, Leeds/Bradford
Lufthansa Seasonal: Hamburg [begins 9 June 2012]
Lufthansa Regional operated by Augsburg Airways Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Munich [begins 2 June 2012]
Manx2 Gloucestershire
Sata Internacional Seasonal: Madeira


Airlines Destinations
Atlantic Airways Bournemouth

Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes to and from Jersey Airport (2010)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2009 / 10
1 United Kingdom London Gatwick 534,303 decrease4
2 United Kingdom Southampton 150,127 increase6
3 Guernsey Guernsey 143,199 increase2
4 United Kingdom Manchester 86,684 decrease8
5 United Kingdom Liverpool 57,314 increase4
6 United Kingdom East Midlands 53,020 decrease14
7 United Kingdom Birmingham 52,988 decrease10
8 United Kingdom Exeter 31,753 decrease4
9 United Kingdom London Stansted 27,668 increase34
10 United Kingdom Bristol 27,060 decrease4
11 United Kingdom Cardiff 22,164 decrease12
12 United Kingdom Leeds Bradford 17,558 decrease4
13 United Kingdom London Luton 17,181 increase31
14 United Kingdom Edinburgh 17,029 decrease27
15 United Kingdom Doncaster Sheffield 16,746 increase13
16 United Kingdom Newcastle 12,708 decrease3
17 United Kingdom London City 10,121 increase6
18 United Kingdom Belfast International 9,626 increase4
19 United Kingdom Glasgow International 9,226 increase70
20 United Kingdom Blackpool Airport 7,998
Busiest International routes to and from Jersey Airport (2010)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2009 / 10
1 Republic of Ireland Dublin 17,592 decrease13
2 France Paris Charles de Gaulle 10,861 decrease11
3 Portugal Funchal 9,648 decrease7
4 Germany Dusseldorf 6,657 increase93
5 Switzerland Geneva 5,639 decrease31
6 Switzerland Zurich 4,677 decrease15
7 Spain Palma de Mallorca 3,537 increase135
8 Republic of Ireland Cork 2,953 decrease2
9 France Nice 1,891 increase6
10 Netherlands Rotterdam 1,711 increase51

Some airlines offer services between Jersey and other destinations with an intermediate stop at Guernsey. There are also periodic charter flights to European holiday destinations, Madeira and ski destinations operated by airlines such as Aurigny Air Services, Europe Airpost, Palmair and SATA International . Cargo flights, including daily mail and paper services, which are handled by OceanAir Handling, are operated by Atlantic Airlines/MNG Kargo, Bluebird Cargo, Capital Trading Aviation and Bluebird Cargo's services to Jersey stopped on 26 June 2009.

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.

See also

  • 1938 Jersey Airport disaster
  • 1965 Jersey's worst plane crash [1]


External links

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