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Jersey Airport Has a Lengthy History In 1912 Jean Benoist landed his biplane at the St. Aubin's Bay. This was a part of a four aircraft race organized between St. Malo and Jersey. This was the beginning of the Jersey airport. Then, in the 1920's Imperial Airways began using the airport where they provided services between the UK, France, and the Channel Islands. Jersey Airways then joined the airport in the 1930's.

During these years the beach was used as the airfield. However, as the number of flights, as well as the aircraft began to increase in size, a new airfield was commissioned. It was opened at St. Peter on March 10, 1937. It offered four grass runways. During the time it was the longest runway offering 980 yards. The new airport complex also had a central tower along with two side buildings for people arriving and departing. It was also designed with the possibility of expanding the airport in the future. During the 1940's the airport began to deteriorate.

This happened as a result of Jersey being cut off from the rest of the Europe while the Nazis occupied the area. Later commercial flights started once again although the airport was in need of a varied number of repairs. In 1952 a 4200 feet tarmac was built.

This replaced the grass strips that had been used as the landing strips. The airport gained popularity and it flourished as flying in the Channel Islands increased as jet passenger aircraft developed. In 1976 the airfield was expanded once again. A 6000 feet concrete runway was built. The building at the airport was expanded - doubling the size.

Still, the biggest extension of the building came about 21 years later. It was named John le Fondre Hall. It provided more space along with better facilities for the passengers. In two years the airport will celebrate one hundred years of flying.

Today it serves ten airlines who fly more than 1.4 million passengers each year to 27 different locations. Jersey Airport remains the gateway to the island. It is located about six miles from the capital, St. Helier. Local bus transportation serves the airport every half hour during the peak hours.

Taxis are also available to the airport. People driving to the airport also have access to leaving their car at one of the car parks. There are two car parks. The Long Stay is in front of the Departure Hall. The Short Stay is in front of the Arrivals Hall.

If you would like the freedom of having byour own vehicle then Jersey car hire will be able to help you. They have a wide range of cars for rent at Jersey airport and offer online bookings.


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