Calls to improve Alderney's air links with electric planes

The worlds first electric commercial aircraft is seen with Harbour Air CEO Grey McDougall in the pilots seat following the planes maiden flight in Richmond, B.C., Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
This is the worlds first electric commercial aircraft following the planes maiden flight in Canada, last year. Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press/PA Images

A former Rolls Royce engineer wants Alderney to start operating electric planes across the Channel Islands. Aviation expert, Mark Harrisson says the island is a great place to trial the project if politicians from across the Bailiwick back it.

Mr Harrisson says with the island's already 'fragile transport links', it could be a great place to get the project up and running.

He is currently part of Project Fresson, a UK government backed project led by aircraft manufacturer Cranfield Aerospace which is looking to push the development of electric planes.

Work is currently underway to electrify the over 700 BN-2 Islanders aircraft which is currently operated by Britten-Norman, the privately owned British aircraft manufacturer.