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.