Early tests show Flybe's jets can use Guernsey's runway

Flybe Embraer E175 jet Flybe announced on Tuesday that it was buying 35 of the jets

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Guernsey Airport's director has said early test results show there should not be a problem with Flybe landing its new plane at the island's airport.

The airline announced on Tuesday that it hoped to put its new Embraer E175 jets on the Guernsey-London Gatwick route in April 2011.

Colin Le Ray said initial findings showed it could safely use the runway.

However, he said more tests would be undertaken before a definitive answer was given.

The tests are based upon the weight, wing span, tail height, undercarriage and tyre pressure of the E175.

Upgrade work, costing £81m, is due to take place on the airport's runway during 2011.

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