'Don't extend the runway, just move the whole airport'

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FORGET building just a longer runway, one local pilot has said. Instead, move the entire airport to reclaimed land off Mont Cuet.

As a new debate on lengthening the runway looks set to take off, Max Carling said now was the time to consider an altogether bolder approach to the future of air links.

He has suggested that the States reclaim some land off Mont Cuet and sell the current airport site.

This would alleviate the reoccurring problem of fog that has plagued the airport recently, he said.

'The one thing that is really important is that we get the airport in the right place.

'You do not get the cloud at sea level like you do at the airport, or 40mph fog as we call it.

'At times, when you cannot see your hand in front of your face, if you drive down to L'Ancresse, you can see for 100 miles.'

Power for the terminal could be generated using methane from the landfill site, he said, and, if Jersey dredged its harbour, Guernsey could take the resulting silt and use it.

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