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Fuel for Dorniers could be set to run dry in Alderney

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A DECISION by Alderney Electricity to stop providing fuel for Aurigny's Dorniers could cause more reliability problems for the airline.

The electricity company said it would cease provision of the Jet A1 fuel after Christmas, but Guernsey Airport has warned of a delay in its tender process for finding an alternative provider due to 'a few issues under discussion with the States of Alderney'.

Any delay could mean that the fuel, described by Aurigny as a 'key element of providing reliable services', would not be available at Alderney Airport.

AEL's decision came after it informed Guernsey Airport more than a year ago that it wished to quit the loss-making service.

It said it had since not received a 'substantive reply'.

However, Guernsey Airport said it was not its view that a substantive reply was required.

General manager Colin Le Ray said the States' Trading Supervisory Board did not consider it had an obligation to provide fuel at Alderney Airport, but was prepared to search for an operator should one be willing to take it on.

Following AEL's advice, a tender process began last summer.

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