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Alderney helicopter service start is delayed

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A NEW passenger helicopter service between Jersey and Alderney has been unable to start – due to a lack of check-in desks at the northernmost Channel Island’s airport, it has been revealed.

Guernsey Airport director Colin Le Ray

Last year, Air Alderney announced that it would begin flying between Jersey and Alderney this spring, five years after an air service operated by Aurigny came to an end.

The company has already been granted an air operator’s certificate to use the route and was due to begin operations last month.

A spokesman for the company said that they were hoping to lease a 14-seater helicopter from a Dutch firm as soon as the issues had been resolved.

‘Due to the length of time this is taking, we are sadly and rather frustratingly, unable to confirm start dates of our operations,’ he said.

‘Without a check-in desk we cannot accommodate our passengers.

‘Once the location of the check-in area is agreed we will need some time to equip this area accordingly.’

Meanwhile, Colin Le Ray, director of Guernsey Airport, which has responsibility for Alderney Airport, said that he was working with the airport’s sole operator, Aurigny, to try to resolve the problems.

‘We are still working on options for a desk at Alderney and are drawing up some options to discuss with both Aurigny and Air Alderney,’ he said.

‘Insofar as the airport is concerned, we do not consider these to be insurmountable issues, but we do need to ensure that the already constrained arrangements are able to cope with a second operator.

‘We will continue to work hard to resolve this.’

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