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Press Release - Aurigny's Performance and Flight Capacities to be discussed at forthcoming joint meeting in Guernsey

For immediate release: 27th July 2016

Robert McDowall, Chairman Policy and Finance Committee, has confirmed that following the recent exchanges between the Policy & Finance Committee (P&F) and the Policy & Resources Committee in Guernsey, Aurigny's performance and capacities on both the Guernsey and Southampton routes will be discussed at a meeting to review the current Memorandum of Understanding.

This meeting is expected to take place in the next few weeks, and it will focus on any amendments which may be necessary to the Memorandum of Understanding to improve the overall performance and reliability of the air services, and to ensure that schedules and capacities for 2017 provide an improved match between supply and demand.

P&F will also press for definitive information on the progress of the drawn out transition from the Trislander fleet to the Dorniers, including establishing the realistic date by which Trislanders will be completely withdrawn.

Mr McDowall said: "Unfortunately Aurigny's long established reputation of providing reliable and robust air services to Alderney has been somewhat tarnished by the very long and traumatic transition between aircraft types. Not only has this resulted in a very significant loss of confidence on island over the Airline's capability to deliver satisfactory services, but it also very likely to have added considerably to the loss making performance of the company of Alderney's lifeline routes.

It has also undoubtedly shaken confidence, and created very genuine problems and difficulties for businesses which are either already on island or which were thinking of relocating here.

All these matters are at the heart of concerns by all Members of the Policy & Finance Committee, and we all hope that the meetings which lie ahead will make the very much needed material improvement to Alderney's vital air links".