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Airport plans new island flights

London Ashford Airport
The flights to Jersey will operate weekly from Lydd Airport

A new air route is to operate between Kent and the Channel Islands for two months in the summer of 2010.

The service from Lydd to Jersey will run on Saturdays between 10 July and 11 September using a 50-seater plane.

A spokesman for London Ashford Airport said it was the first time for 20 years there had been a direct link with Jersey from the Kent/Sussex border.

The flights will be operated by CityJet, which already flies to Jersey from Kent International at Manston.

Lydd airport spokeswoman Jo Oliver said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for both the airport and communities across Kent and East Sussex."

In September the airport announced it was making six of its 54 staff redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise due to the economic downturn.

The airport, which caters for light aircraft and business jets, wants to extend its runway and build a new terminal to attract more passengers and bigger airline carriers.

Shepway Council is due to consider a planning application early next year.

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