AIRLINE Jet2.com today blamed the “terrible” summer weather after it axed flights between Blackpool and Jersey.
The carrier runs two flights a week to the Channel Island but the service will cease on September 17.
Ian Doubtfire, managing director of Jet2.com, told The Gazette: “Jet2.com has seen less demand for flights to Jersey this summer, the terrible weather in the UK may have encouraged people to go further afield.
“We are constantly reviewing our flying programme from Blackpool to give customers from the Fylde coast the destinations they desire.
“We have taken the decision to suspend flights to Jersey.
“We have however extended our range of destinations and have added the exciting destinations of Ibiza, Lanzarote and Dalaman, early bookings indicate that these will prove popular with our loyal Blackpool customers.”
The move has left one Blackpool resident upset and she has now been forced to make alternative travel arrangements for a holiday in Jersey she has booked for next year.
Veronica Stanker, of Preston New Road, Marton, said: “I’m absolutely devastated because they did two flights a week and they’ve just cut it off completely.
“It’s another service we’re losing for Blackpool.”
Mrs Stanker says her neighbours, who also regularly use the airline to visit their daughter in Jersey, had no idea about the service’s cancellation until she told them.
In an e-mail sent to Mrs Stanker, Sue Kendrick, corporate affairs manager at Blackpool Airport, said: “It is a great shame to lose Jersey as we know that it was very popular and well used and so we would suggest that all interested passengers perhaps contact Jet2.com and ask them to consider retaining that route from Blackpool.
“If there is sufficient demand then you never know, they may put in an additional aircraft to support that demand.
“Thanks for your support and we hope that Jersey comes back soon.”