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Air Alderney ready for (vertical) take-off

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FLIGHTS between Jersey and Alderney are due to begin next month – but not in the style Islanders had expected.

Air Alderney will use a helicopter until they are granted an Air Operator’s Certificate

Last year Air Alderney announced it would be starting direct flights between the two islands from this spring, five years after a similar service by Aurigny came to an end.

But initially at least it will be operated using a 14-seater helicopter rather than its Islander planes.

The airline will use the aircraft until it receives its Air Operator’s Certificate from 2-Reg, Guernsey’s aircraft registry, to allow it to operate its fixed-winged planes on the route.

It will also operate a similar service between Alderney and Cherbourg.

Alderney States Member Steve Roberts said: ‘They will start the Jersey service with a helicopter because of the delay with 2-Reg in Guernsey.

‘They are doing it because they want to get the service off the ground sooner rather than later.’

Meanwhile, the States of Alderney has granted the airline a licence to operate a cargo service between the island and Guernsey. However, it sill needs to obtain a permit from Guernsey’s Transport and Licensing Authority.

The airline has also applied for a licence to run a service between Alderney and Lee-on-Solent near Southampton.

Further information about pricing and flight schedules are expected to be announced soon.

Richard Heath

By Richard Heath
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