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Jersey Airport Guide

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History

  • Jersey airport's history began in 1912 when Jean Benoist landed his Sanchez-Besa biplane in St. Aubin's Bay as part of a four aircraft race organised between St. Malo and Jersey.
  • During the twenties Imperial Airways provided regular services between the UK, France and the Channel Islands.
  • The thirties saw the set up of Jersey Airways.
  • The beach was used as the airfield for these airlines but as flights and aircraft size increased a purpose built airfield was commissioned.
  • The new airport was opened at St Peter on 10th March 1937, with four grass runways, the longest at 980 yards. The airport complex included a central tower and two side buildings for departures and arrivals, designed with future expansion in mind.
  • Jersey became occupied by the Nazis in 1940 and despite some development in 1945 after liberation, the airport was left to deteriorate as Jersey was left cut of from the rest of Europe.
  • Commercial flights did recommence but developments to the airport were needed.
  • A 4,200ft tarmac runway was built in 1952 to replace the grass strips. The airport flourished as flying in the Channel Islands increased jet passenger aircraft developed.
  • In 1976 an extension to the airfield area took place and a 6,000ft concrete runway was built. The airport building was added to, doubling its size.
  • In 1997 the biggest extension of the airport building was opened. The new John le Fondr√© hall provided more space and better facilities for departing passengers and the rest of the building was also greatly improved.
  • 100 years of flying in Jersey approaches and today there are 10 airlines flying over 1.4million passengers to 27 destinations.