Days of disruption after Alderney flights cancelled due to technical issues

Flights to and from Alderney have been cancelled since Saturday 17 June due to technical problems with Aurigny's fleet. Credit: ITV Channel

All commercial flights to and from the Channel Island of Alderney have been cancelled after reports of technical issues.

ITV News understands that both planes used by the airport's sole operator Aurigny are currently out of action with one away on routine scheduled maintenance and the other suffering technical problems.

Services between Alderney and its larger sister island of Guernsey have been cancelled since Saturday 17 June with every flight on Sunday and Monday morning also grounded.

Some of the cancellations shown on Guernsey Airport's arrivals board. Credit: Guernsey Airport website

Local politician Alex Snowdon posted on social media, saying the island "has been cut off without commercial plane service since Saturday morning".

"This is really impacting the community and businesses hard," he explained.

"Air passengers are arriving on little boats... the two-plane model is too fragile, we need to explore a third plane or more air support to avoid this happening time and again."

It is a sentiment echoed by fellow Alderney States member Steve Roberts who believes that "a two-aircraft model is unworkable".

In a statement, the airline said: "The Aurigny team has worked throughout the weekend to source parts, assist customers and try to ensure that the schedule returns to normal as soon as possible.

"We apologise for the disruption and are working hard to alleviate the effects of the technical issue."

Aurigny has chartered boats to allow passengers to travel to Guernsey.

Flights were able to resume as of Monday lunchtime after a technical problem with the aircraft had been resolved.

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