Protecting Aurigny could lead to loss at airport
Monday 21st October 2013, 12:00PM BST.
GUERNSEY Airport could start running at a loss if the States agrees to protect Aurigny from competition on the Gatwick route, an emergency Billet d’Etat has revealed.
There are 345,000 passengers on the route each year which add £3.2m. to the airport’s turnover – a quarter of the £11.5m. total.
The Billet, which calls for any Guernsey to Gatwick air licence to be refused if it could adversely affect Aurigny, has been proposed by the Treasury and Resources Department after easyJet said it was interested in the route when Flybe pulls out early next year.
But Public Services minister Deputy Paul Luxon warned that having a single operator would leave Guernsey vulnerable.
‘There is a concern that a reduction in capacity on the route, owing to aircraft being full at peak times or through technical difficulties, will lead to reduced income for the airport, which already only just breaks even,’ he said.
‘If a solus arrangement is introduced and leads to quantifiable losses by Guernsey Airport, it will be for States to decide how this shortfall is to be made up.’