Guernsey

Alderney could manage own airport

  • 5 November 2010
  • From the section Guernsey

Alderney could take over the running of its own loss-making airport, the island's chief executive has said.

The airport, which is currently losing about £700,000 a year, is currently run by Guernsey.

The move is one of a range of options being discussed between the islands' governments.

Roy Burke said: "We would really like to make sure Alderney Airport is viable [and] that it's contributing to the island."

Mr Burke, who was appointed to the post in January, said there were two ways the airport's funds could be turned about.

He said: "One is efficiency savings and the other is to get more people to Alderney and that's a much wider issue.

"It's not just about the airport, it's about tourism, it's about economic development and those are the issues we're taking forward with Alderney States members and also our colleagues in Guernsey."

Colin Le Ray, Guernsey Airport director, said: "We've had concerns over the mounting losses at Alderney Airport.

"We're in dialogue with the States of Alderney to see what opportunities there for increased income, for cost sharing, or even maybe looking for other opportunities to try and stem those losses."

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