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Ferry operator resumes service to Jersey

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

The French ferry operator Manche Iles Express has announced it will resume services to Jersey from 18 July.

It follows the reopening of Jersey's borders to all travellers on 3 July.

All passengers must wear masks on board, and will be required to fill out a pre-registration form required by the States of Jersey prior to arriving in the island.

Sailings to Guernsey, Sark and Alderney remain suspended until 31 August, after the States of Guernsey announced it would not reopen its borders until 1 September at the earliest.

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Reduced summer flights schedule announced

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

A new summer schedule has been published by the Ports of Jersey for flights in and out of the island.

A spokesman said a "reduced" service would be operating due to the pandemic, but it had "every indication that many destinations not featured this year will return in 2021".

Daily flights will connect the island to Liverpool, Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton and are listed for Guernsey from the end of August, although this is dependent on Guernsey's borders reopening.

Less frequent services will also serve Bristol, Belfast, and Glasgow.

Regional routes to Exeter, Edinburgh, Birmingham and the East Midlands are set to return from September.

New CEO appointed to lead Channel Islands Co-op

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Following 10 months as acting chief executive officer for the Co-op, Mark Cox has been appointed with immediate effect.

Mr Cox joined the society in 2010 as chief operating officer and said "it is a real privilege to lead an amazing institution".

Mark Cox
Channel Islands Co-operative Society

He is the right person to drive the society forward for the benefit of our members, our colleagues and the communities in which we operate. He has ensured the society was able to navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping members and colleagues alike safe."

Paula WilliamsPresident of the board of directors

Air bridge with Jersey 'not under discussion'

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

An air bridge between Guernsey and Jersey is not under discussion between the two States, Deputy Gavin St Pier has confirmed.

The two islands have pursued alternative exit strategies from the coronavirus, with Jersey agreeing to open its borders to all travellers from 3 July.

Instead Guernsey has announced it will keep its borders closed until at least 1 September, except for the possibility of some air bridges like the one already agreed with the Isle of Man.

Deputy St Pier said: "Jersey is in a different place and has adopted certain different processes and practices, and clearly as we know their borders are now effectively open, so that changes the nature of the conversation.

"It's not one we're quite yet ready to have with Jersey."