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Thursday, 19 May 2011
"Sky - Jacked" Jersey's mugs are ripped off again
With the summer season fast approaching, holidaymakers will be disappointed to hear that jetting off the rock is not good value for money.
Travel and shopping comparison website Kelkoo have released their Best Value Flight Index and it is not good news for Jersey travellers and for those visiting the island from the UK.
The report reveals that on average the London Gatwick to Jersey route was the second worst value short haul flight out of 125 of Europe's most popular flights.
Kelkoo believe the situation could be down to the fact that flights from the UK to Jersey are dominated by business people flying, and that flights are not always full to capacity, meaning that airlines need to charge more per passenger.
However, it is not an ideal situation for tens of thousands of islanders who jet off from Gatwick every year in order to catch connecting flights to more exotic destinations or visit friends and family in the UK - and for people coming to the island flying from Gatwick.
The index examines the average cost per nautical mile of Europe's 125 most popular flight paths, including 41 routes from the UK, to identify the best value routes.
The Gatwick to Jersey route was only beaten for bad value in the UK by the London Heathrow to Manchester flight. London Gatwick to Jersey costs 43.3p per nautical mile on average - that is five times more expensive than the best value short haul flight from the UK overall - which is London Heathrow to Athens, at 9.6p per nautical mile.
In the study, a short haul flight is defined as a flight time below four hours and within the same continent. On average, the study found that a short haul is 75 per cent more expensive than long haul.