But the Irish carrier is still concerned that Jersey will miss out if it does not stimulate lower fares soon.
ddressing the Jersey branch of the Institute of Directors last week, the airline’s manager at Stansted, Kell Ryan, said that the Island faced stagnation if it did not ‘wake up’ and ‘go out and grab business’ as other destinations, such as Newquay, have done.
Next year, ten countries will join the European Union and they are all desperate to be served by low fares,’ he said.
‘Ryanair is very keen to expand into these areas and we expect the east will attract a lot of attention.
Expensive places like Jersey will become increasingly isolated if they aren’t prepared to strike a deal with a low cost carrier – but I’m afraid it won’t be Ryanair until the Airport’s runway is lengthened so our 737-800s can land.
Jersey is a destination only with a population of about 87,000 so there is a question mark over whether it fits into the low cost model but I still believe it could work.
There is a well used saying that Ryanair fly people to places they’ve never heard of and never wanted to go to and our passengers do tend to try somewhere and then move on.
So although I suspect Bergerac or Barcelona would appeal to more people than Jersey, it could still feature on their map.