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Aurigny proposed too few flights to win Alderney route tender

The Dornier 228 aircraft Photo: Aurigny

Airline Aurigny did not win the right to run services from Alderney because it was proposing too few flights.

The States owned airline wanted to reduce the service to the island from Southampton, but have an increased government subsidy.

Aurigny submitted a bid based on a much-reduced schedule operated by only two aircraft.

Under this proposal, the capacity on the Alderney – Southampton route would be virtually halved, and there would be no resilience in the proposed fleet to cover periods when one or both of the aircraft were out of service.

The proposed service level fell far short of the specification in the Invitation to Tender (for the PSO contract), and far short of what Alderney requires.

Even more surprising, to the PSO team, was that Aurigny wanted a subsidy greater than the losses currently being incurred in their 4-aircraft operation.

– Committee for Economic Development Statement
Alderney airport Credit: ITV Channel TV

Aurigny said it was frustrated and disappointed their bid was rejected.

Describing the 'frustration' shared by the people of Alderney, the Committee for Economic Development said none of the other bids received were wholly compliant with the terms they'd specified.

The Committee for Economic Development shares the frustration of the people of Alderney that this process did not have a satisfactory outcome, but stands by the people of Alderney in insisting that the winner of the PSO process should provide Alderney with the connectivity that the island needs.

– Committee for Economic Development Statement