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Aurigny’s Jersey–Guernsey route to end in 2021?

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AURIGNY could axe its route between Jersey and Guernsey in 2021 if the airline does not source an additional aircraft, a Sarnian politician has warned.

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Deputy Peter Febrache, president of the island’s States Trading Supervisory Board, has claimed that the service was launched only because of spare capacity after flights between Guernsey and London City were cancelled.

And he added that one of the aircraft currently plying the inter-island route was being leased to the company – with the contract due to expire in 2021.

The Deputy’s claims follow the lodging of an amendment to the States of Guernsey’s budget earlier this week which, if passed, would force the company off the route.

The Deputies who lodged the amendment, Neil Inder and Barry Paint, say that the finances of the government-owned airline will worsen if they continue to run their Southampton and Jersey routes.

It lost £4.4 million in 2018 and is expected to lose £7.6 million this year and £9.6 million next year. Sarnian politicians began debating their budget this week.

Deputy Febrache says that the States of Guernsey will ultimately need to approve the purchase or lease of any aircraft.

He said: ‘Aurigny would need to engage at an early opportunity with the board, as Aurigny is required to seek the shareholders’ approval for any material investments, including aircraft acquisitions and long-term aircraft leases.’

Aurigny currently operates up to 20 weekday flights between the two Islands.

The route is also operated by Blue Islands and Flybe.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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