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Reassurance over Heathrow service

BMI plane at Jersey Airport
The airline boss said the Heathrow link has proved popular

The man in charge of airline British Midland (BMI) said he would like to see an increase in the number of flights between Jersey and London Heathrow.

Sir Michael Bishop is in the island to meet airport and tourism officials.

He confirmed the airline's commitment to Jersey and told BBC News it was a valuable part of the BMI network.

His comments followed concerns raised when BMI announced its morning commuter flight was being suspended in its winter schedule.

Contract review

BMI began a twice-daily service on the route in March last year after being awarded an undisclosed subsidy and five-year contract by the States.

Sir Michael said the London link had proved popular, although it had not yet reached its optimum capacity.

He warned that for the link to continue in the future, people must carry on using it.

BMI and the States will meet to review the contract in March next year.

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