EasyJet pulls Guernsey to Gatwick bid
Wednesday 23rd October 2013, 11:39AM BST.
EASYJET has pulled the plug on its application to run a Guernsey- Gatwick service, the budget airline confirmed yesterday.
After weeks of speculation over whether the low-cost carrier would fly from Guernsey, it cited recent moves by Treasury and Resources to severely restrict the ability of new airlines to run on the lifeline link as a prime reason why it decided against proceeding with its application.
‘Following a thorough commercial and operational evaluation and taking into account the continued uncertainty surrounding the States’ sole operator policy, easyJet has taken the decision not to proceed with its application for a Guernsey air transport licence to operate the Gatwick route from summer 2014.’
Treasury defended itself and said the strategic value of the Gatwick link meant it needed to be protected from competition.
‘In July – before the prospect of an application by easyJet had materialised – it [Treasury] signalled its intention to report to the States on a possible amendment to the air transport licensing policy statement before the end of this year.’
Treasury also said it would have put the proposals to the States regardless of whether easyJet had expressed an interest in the route.