Aurigny facing £6.3 million loss

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AURIGNY is predicted to make a loss of £6.3 million this year, with a fall in passenger numbers being cited as one of the reasons.

Addressing States Members yesterday, Guernsey’s Policy & Resources president Deputy Gavin St Pier said there had been a decrease in passenger revenues as a result of both flat market conditions and the poor weather experienced at the beginning of the year.

According to the latest airport figures on VisitGuernsey, air passenger movements stood at 68,715 for last month – 2% down compared to the same time last year.

In February and March, movements were down by 14%.

Aurigny’s most popular route, Gatwick, is down so far this year by 1.48% – 1,368 passengers – compared to last year and the Alderney route is down by 14.68%, which is 1,508 passengers.

Deputy St Pier said that other reasons for the loss for the Guernsey States-owned airline were extra maintenance costs in both the ATR and Dornier fleets, higher than anticipated crew costs in the transition from the Trislander fleet and increased fuel costs.

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Comments for: "Aurigny facing £6.3 million loss"

evanrosier

I suppose it defends how you define a loss. You could say that schools and hospitals lose us money in the sense that it's lost tax revenue but most people would agree that they benefit society overall. The very reason that the States of Guernsey took over Aurigny was because a private company would have pulled out and left the islands without an absolutely essential service. Add a tenner to everyone's tax bill, pay it off, suck it up.

Rodney

Unfortunately the public now expect cheap flights and this is only achieved by experinced operators who endeavour to keep their fleet in the air, rather than having expensive items of machinery sitting idle between short flights. Ideally, Guernsey should have extended its runway and left the operation of aircraft to the professionals.

Devil's Advocate

The professionals that continually pull out of servicing the island? Too risky.