A BUSINESS case about the merits of extending the runway will be drawn up, the politician leading calls for the project has said
The runway is among 51 projects that will be battling it out for capital prioritisation over the next three years.
An estimated £30m. price tag has been put on the project, which would create a 1,720m. runway, slightly longer than Jersey’s.
Economic Development vice-president Deputy Jan Kuttelwascher, pictured, said the committee was waiting to hear how much money it would receive in order to prepare the business case. He believed there was a total of £5m. available for this type of work for all the projects in the capital portfolio.
‘The case will be won or lost on the business case,’ he said. ‘We need to see what money is available.’
He said while the airlines serving the island remained hostile to the project, he had received plenty of support from colleagues.
Blue Islands has questioned the merits of the project, saying that any low-cost carrier that the longer runway might attract would want to compete with Aurigny on the Gatwick route, having a knock-on effect on the States-owned airline.