Aurigny to get plane for London City route

Aurigny ATR taxiing at Guernsey Airport
Image caption The airline's two ATR72-500s are named G-VZON and G-COBO after Vazon and Cobo bays

Guernsey States-owned Aurigny may purchase another plane to serve its new London City route.

The loss-making airline has recently purchased a jet at just under £25m and agreed the purchase of two Dornier 228 with loans guaranteed by the States.

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny's commercial director, said the additional ATR aircraft would work the route alongside its two ATR72-500 planes.

The service is due to be run initially by VLM when it starts on 8 September.

The airline, which already operates at the London airport, will use its own staff and Fokker 50 planes on the route.

Mr Coupar said: "The deal is initially for four weeks of flying with the facility to extend if necessary.

"In the meantime, Aurigny will be sourcing its own additional ATR aircraft and undergoing crew training to enable us to operate our own London City services."

It is not clear how the airline intends to fund the purchase or lease of the aircraft.

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