17:40 20 January 2017
Britain’s first Uber-style flight service, which will see customers order flights for as little as £55 via an online app, is expected to be launched this year. The service will be made possible by Waves Airline, which is scheduled to start commercial flights starting this July. The company would initially use three 14-seater aircrafts and would operate out of private hangers.
Nick Magliocchetti, owner of Waves, said: 'We will run scheduled flights and booked flights as well.
'When you book a flight, we will ask whether you would like other people to share the flight with you.
'If you do, we will add the flight to our schedule and other people will be able to book onto it. If not, you will need to pay for the cost yourself.'
The project aims to provide convenience to travellers from Jersey and Guernsey who are dissatisfied with current flights to mainland UK.
'We consider it to be an inter-island project,' said Mr Magliochetti.
'We expect the capitalisation for the project to be £5 million this year.'
'The flight times will be a few minutes longer, but when you think that you no longer spend all that time going through airport security and check-in, then it doesn't matter,' he said.