Tag "Air Links"

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Name one airline that would fly here on condition of an extended runway...

AS TIM ROBINS has mentioned me by name in the letter that appeared on 24 June 2017, I would like to put the record straight. I was born and brought up on the island and have worked for more than four decades in the hospitality, tourism and travel industry, not just on Guernsey but worldwide. Furthermore, I travel frequently back to Guernsey and keep myself well-informed on local matters, including those related to the tourism and aviation industries. The question of whether to extend the runway, or not, is not about protecting the state-owned airline, Aurigny, or the excessive amount of losses that that airline incurs. Nor is it about improving the island’s air links. Those are other issues that need, and can be, addressed, as elaborated on in the Strategic Air Links Report of 2015 and the more recent Aurigny Review. Nor should it be about emotive issues and philosophies such as ‘showing the island is open for business’, ‘build it and they will come’, ‘being better than Jersey’ or replicating the ‘brave visionary decisions taken in the 19th century’. It is about whether the massive cost of £30m. and more, plus the disruption caused during the construction itself, the closing of La Villiaze Road, the enormous landfill required over and beyond that road, the loss of agricultural land and buildings plus the potential damage to the environment in that particular part of the island, is worth it and will bring additional benefits to the island.

Aurigny drops Jersey route

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URGENT talks over the future of inter-island air links and route competition are being planned, after Aurigny’s decision to pull out of the Jersey route.

Conflict between Aurigny and States must end

IT SEEMS that the CEO of the newly-named ‘Donkey Airways’ is unhappy with the recently completed report ‘Security of Strategic Air Links’ by the States of Guernsey’s Scrutiny Committee. His complaint is that the Government-appointed panel went ‘well beyond its terms of reference’ commenting as it did on the operational and aspirational objectives of the airline.

Air links report gets thumbs-up

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ALDERNEY’S Policy and Finance Committee chairman Neil Harvey is pleased Scrutiny’s Strategic Air Links report recognised just how critical air links were to Alderney’s prosperity.

Air links panel rejects open skies policy

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AURIGNY, the airport and Guernsey’s air licensing authority should be better used to improve Guernsey’s air service, Scrutiny Committee air links panel chairman Paul Le Pelley has said.

Scrap ‘open skies’

The smaller an island community, the more important good connectivity becomes – but the harder it is to achieve. (Picture by Tom Tardif, 9377293)

As the Scrutiny Committee looks at our air links, Peter Roffey suggests that sole operators are the way forward – but with agreements that would protect islanders

Auri-Islands would make more sense

A decision by Blue Islands to withdraw – as it termed it – its financial support for tourism in Alderney has re-ignited the uneasy relationship of two loss-making airlines slugging it out on restricted turf.

Profit comes with no guarantees

BOLD claims by Aurigny’s management that the airline will be back in profit within three years may yet come back to haunt the States.

Plymouth links up

A NEW air route between Guernsey and Plymouth took off for the first time yesterday.

Flybe climbs down on baggage charge

A FLYBE passenger has won his battle against ‘outrageous’ extra charges after the airline admitted it was wrong and reduced baggage costs for holders of its own credit card.