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Jersey Airport (IATA: JER, ICAO: EGJJ) is an international airport located in the parish of Saint Peter, 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) west northwest of Saint Helier[1] in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Jersey Airport
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Airport typePublic
OperatorJersey Airport
LocationSaint Peter, Jersey
Elevation AMSL277 ft / 84 m
Coordinates49°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
08/26 1,706 5,597 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger Change 17–18Increase1.6%
Aircraft Movements42,436
Movements Change 17–18Decrease9.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]


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.

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, the Jersey Airlines hangar, is still in existence although no longer used. 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 of 5,560 ft (1,690 m) in 1976. The runway is 150 ft (46 m) wide. 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 introduced the larger Boeing 737-800 to its fleet.[3] Designated 09/27 in 1952, the runway was redesignated 08/26 in October 2014 due to a shift in the earth's magnetic poles.[4]

In March 2012, led by a Group Chief Executive, the successful completion of an integration programme with Jersey Harbours saw the creation of Ports of Jersey. A business case was passed by the States of Jersey in early 2015 and the companies were joined on 1 October 2015.

There were approximately 47,000 aircraft movements and 1.6 million passengers at the airport during 2016.[2]


Tower buildings

The 1937 terminal was designed with a control tower between the arrivals and departures areas. The terminal was extended in 1976. A new departures 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 was intended to begin late 2011 to demolish the original airport building, constructed in 1937 and which contains large quantities of asbestos but work was never undertaken as the building was nominated as a protected historical building. Eventually, on 17 March 2014 it was determined on grounds of aviation safety, that the old terminal building would have to be demolished.[5]

Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, which means that there are limited identity card checks before boarding a flight to the UK or Ireland. There would be full passport check when travelling to or from other countries.

Arms and date on the original 1937 tower
Flybe aircraft landing at Jersey
View of the runway

Airlines and destinationsEdit

General aviationEdit

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. Both Isle-Fly and Aviation Beauport Ltd are based at Jersey Airport and offer worldwide private charter flights.


Busiest routes to and from Jersey (2018)[13]
Rank Airport Total
2017 / 18
1   London–Gatwick 670,763   0.9%
2   Southampton 169,369   1.2%
3   Liverpool 135,030   5.0%
4   Guernsey 101,837   0.9%
5   Birmingham 72,126   19.7%
6   Glasgow 54,419   3.1%
7   London–Luton 49,626   6.6%
8   Manchester 46,744   4.6%
9   Exeter 41,240   3.4%
10   East Midlands 36,225   1.6%
11   London–City 34,995   0.4%
12   Doncaster Sheffield 33,032   0.1%
13   London-Southend 30,505   18.7%
14   Newcastle 26,019   9.3%
15   Bristol 24,447   8.0%
16   Belfast–International 21,308   2.5%
17   Edinburgh 20,317   271.2%
18   Cardiff 20,095   17.3%
19   Dublin 14,774   6.8%
20   Leeds Bradford 13,897   3.5%

Ground transportEdit


There are long and short-stay car parks located at the airport, and free parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles.[14] There are also many Car Hire companies, with desks located in the Arrivals Hall.

The airport connects to the road network via a roundabout onto L'Avenue de la Reine Elizabeth II and L'Avenue de la Commune.

Public transportEdit

There is a public taxi rank, and bus stop directly outside the arrivals hall. LibertyBus route 15 is the main service between the Airport and the main bus station, Liberation Station in St Helier.[15] - it runs every 15 minutes (20 on Sundays). Additionally hourly route 9 between St Helier and La Grève de Lecq calls at the airport as does seasonal route 22 between St Helier and l'Etacq, also hourly.

Accidents and incidentsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Jersey – EGJJ".
  2. ^ a b "Aircraft and passenger traffic data from UK airports". UK Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ Airline cuts back island flights BBC News – 9 October 2007
  4. ^ "Jersey airport runway re-named as magnetic pole shifts". BBC News Online. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC News – Jersey's listed airport building can be demolished". 17 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. ^ - Where we fly to retrieved 7 July 2019
  7. ^ a b "Flight infirmation".
  8. ^ "Aurigny announces flights to Jersey and Southampton". ITV News. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "Eurowings S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 18OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  10. ^
  12. ^ "Island hopping in the English Channel, the challenges and opportunities facing an independent regional airline".
  13. ^ "Airport Data 2018". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 15 March 2018. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  14. ^ Jersey Airport Archived 3 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^

External linksEdit

  Media related to Jersey Airport at Wikimedia Commons