Alderney gives warm welcome to flights deal

ALDERNEY’S representatives in the States of Guernsey have given a warm welcome a proposed deal between Aurigny and Guernsey.

G-ETAC is one of the two more modern Dorniers which operates to Alderney for Aurigny.. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29062265)
G-ETAC is one of the two more modern Dorniers which operates to Alderney for Aurigny.. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29062265)

Under the agreement, the airline will be paid £2m. a year to operate to Alderney, connecting it with Guernsey and Southampton for five years.

The announcement came at the end of a long process by Guernsey States to establish a public service obligation deal for the routes.

Alderney representatives Steve Roberts and Alex Snowdon were pleased with the news.

‘To me this justifies the optimism I felt about the new [Guernsey] Assembly when it was formed a short while ago,’ said Mr Roberts.

‘Rebuilding our economy through good connectivity makes good old plain common sense. Since staycation was thrust upon us through Covid, both islands have become closer, and we are now more understanding of each other’s problems.

‘Also with this new line-up at Aurigny that really seems more proactive towards our service. I am delighted with their progress, and plans for the future.’

He said if a more affordable and reliable service can be achieved, it would show a new economic direction for Alderney.

‘I have fought a long campaign for our air service and this is a step in the right direction from a forward-thinking Assembly.’

Mr Snowdon agreed that the staycation market had brought Guernsey and Alderney closer together.

‘Relationships are strong between the Bailiwick,’ he said. ‘We must see us now working with Guernsey to identify a vision for short-, medium- and long-term transport strategy with delivery. Now is the time for a fresh and positive approach.’

He was pleased the agreement included the Alderney-Southampton route. ‘The States of Alderney and community has been vocal with Guernsey about the importance of keeping a UK link. I am pleased Policy & Resources has acknowledged the vital route.

‘The outcome agreed by Policy and Resources regarding the PSO will now give the community certainty post-Covid, meaning confidence shall be in place for economic opportunities which may arise, also keeping the population directly connected to the UK.’

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