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Old 18th Apr 2022, 18:23
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BBC radio reported this morning that G-ETAC would be back in service today, however FR24 shows otherwise (if it's correct).

The last ACI-GCI flight is currently showing as delayed so maybe G-OAUR is 'playing up' again.
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 19:15
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was there really no way to use Air Alderney to redeem this fiasco?
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 21:29
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I believe Air Alderney were already committed with their own private charters on the day(s) when the disruption occurred, hence why they couldn't help out.

EDIT: Just seen this post on Air Alderney's Facebook page:

Air Alderney Statement - Easter 2022

You would fully expect Air Alderney to be making much of the Easter weekends disruption, indeed many have stated ‘where are you Air Alderney’. In reply to these comments and others, we simply wish to make the following statement.

Air Alderney offered an aircraft on two occasions (Thursday and Good Friday) as it become clear the problem was not going to be rectified as soon as hoped. Our aircraft was flying to and from Alderney on charter commitments however, between these commitments our aircraft was available. We estimate around 70 + people per day could have been flown in and out of Alderney to Guernsey, that’s around 280 + people over the four days by our aircraft. The reports by the BBC and comments which state ‘no aircraft where available which can land on Alderney’s runway’ are not correct, one was available, and it managed to fly in and out of Alderney without any problems.

With all the disruption this Easter weekend with cancelled flights on Alderney's scheduled services, it’s not surprising to see one of Alderney States member (Mr Snowden) asking for a 'rethink on how air services are delivered to Alderney'. Unsurprisingly to many of you, Air Alderney welcomes such comments however, it’s difficult to see any of the proposals Mr Snowden has raised delivering a solution anytime soon. (Airport rebuild 5-7 years, or additional aircraft, the last ones cost 6M ) We all expect our politician’s to comment at such times but, Alderney needs States members which can suggest and deliver answers now, not in years to come…. The truth is the problems of this weekend could have been significantly reduced if there was ‘resilience’ within Alderneys Air Services. The good news is, this is available to Alderney now and could be operating within days without rebuilding the airport, a single shovel breaking ground or more expensive unaffordable aircraft being purchased. While Alderney burns its elected representatives are pointing finger at others whilst preventing an immediate solution.

Air Alderney will be giving its view on the airport options which have been presented to date including, one or two of its own very soon.

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Old 24th Apr 2022, 13:11
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Indeed. Hence my question really. What's the real story here?
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Old 24th Apr 2022, 22:17
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Originally Posted by jmdavies86
I believe Air Alderney were already committed with their own private charters on the day(s) when the disruption occurred, hence why they couldn't help out.

EDIT: Just seen this post on Air Alderney's Facebook page:
Seems a very unprofessional article to put out in my personal opinion. I appreciate Aurigny seem to always have issues but having two aircraft for essentially one route seems excessive as it is. Are people really suggesting that a loss making airline should have three aircraft for one route?

The fact they are talking about extending the runway to accommodate an ATR with 70 odd seats when the dornier with 19 seats is rarely full is even more mad. I dont live on the island so maybe I am missing something, but surely a boat service to Guernsey and then flights from there would be a more sensible long term solution?
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 09:25
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I appreciate Aurigny seem to always have issues but having two aircraft for essentially one route seems excessive as it is.
There are 2 routes for the Dorniers aren't there - SOU ACI and ACI GCI?

Nevertheless, seems like poor performance from AUR
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 12:25
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There are 2 routes for the Dorniers aren't there - SOU ACI and ACI GCI?

Nevertheless, seems like poor performance from AUR
True, but it essentially operates as a loop.
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Old 25th Apr 2022, 12:51
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Aurigny put out this statement about the cancellations last week.

Disruption to Alderney Services
Aurigny would like to apologise to its customers and all others who have been inconvenienced by the cancellation of Alderney flights over the past few days. Aurigny has two Dornier aircraft dedicated to providing services to and from Alderney and over the past four days neither of them has been continuously available for service due to technical problems. This is highly unusual and has come about for the following reasons:

One of our two Dornier aircraft has been undergoing its mandatory annual maintenance for several weeks and it should have returned to regular service two weeks ago. However a small number of components needed to be replaced and unfortunately the manufacturer of the aircraft, General Atomics, did not have any of the required parts in stock and had to manufacture them. After waiting for the manufacturing, the parts were delivered to us at which point we realised that General Atomics had manufactured the wrong parts. We are now waiting for the correct parts to be manufactured and in the meantime the aircraft remains in our hangar in an unserviceable condition. When the correct parts are received the aircraft will quickly be returned to service which we expect to be on 28th April.

Last Wednesday our second Dornier aircraft developed a technical problem with one of its essential avionics systems. We identified the faulty component and checked to see if we could take the same component from the aircraft in the hangar and use that whilst we waited for the replacement part to arrive. Unfortunately, the component on the aircraft in the hangar was a different part number and General Atomics advised us that we could not use it on the other aircraft. General Atomics did not have the component we needed in stock, so we ordered one from the supplier in the USA. The part was shipped using FedEx as they were the only courier company that the part supplier would use. The part has arrived in the UK, but FedEx is now closed until Monday morning, the part will arrive with us on Monday afternoon. Last Thursday General Atomics changed their minds and advised us that we could use the component from our aircraft in the hangar, but that it would have to have a number of software settings changed to make it compatible. With the guidance of General Atomics, we made the required settings changes and fitted the component to the other aircraft, and it was taken on a test flight on Friday morning and declared serviceable. Due to the foggy conditions on Friday afternoon the aircraft was not used until Saturday morning when after operating the first flight of the day a similar technical problem returned. After further discussion with General Atomics we are making further changes to software settings and conducting further test flying to ensure that we can return the aircraft to passenger services at the earliest possible opportunity.

We have learned from these events. The avionics component that failed on the second aircraft has not failed previously on either of our aircraft in the 5 years we have been operating this variant of the Dornier 228. Given the $50,000 cost of this component and its history of good reliability it is not something that we would routinely stock in our parts inventory. However we could all but remove the impact of any future failure of this component or its equivalent on the other aircraft if we harmonised the systems on both aircraft. We will now work with General Atomics to explore that possibility. We will also discuss all of these events with General Atomics with a view to them providing a better level of support for our operations including access to a wider range of “off the shelf” components from their own stock inventory. It is important to note that there are very few Dornier aircraft of the type used for the Alderney commercial service elsewhere in the world. Regrettably this limits the availability of parts and the level of support from the manufacturer.

We know and understand that our customers rely on us to get them to and from Alderney. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our customers can travel. Over the past few days, we have tried to charter in alternative aircraft to replace our own but found there were none available, in part due to the limitations of the Alderney runway, we have tried to charter in ferries and also found there were none available. We have managed to charter a number of small boats of 12 seats or less and by using several of these we have managed to keep customers moving. We recognise that this is not the level of service expected of Aurigny and we apologise again for this.
It's not really true to say that the Dorniers 'always' have problems; there hasn't been any significant period of cancellations for three years. There has been a marked improvement in performance in recent years (see punctuality figures). Two aircraft for 70ish movements per week is the very minimum that may be required to provide sufficient service, and as has just been seen, even that was too few. The States of Guernsey's States' Trading Supervisory Board (STSB), which oversees Aurigny, had the option either to order three (instead of two) 228NGs, or to continue with three planes (2x NGs and 1x classic) to avoid situations such as the one which occurred last week, but rejected them as being too expensive.

As to the pros and cons of a runway extension at Alderney, best to review posts and comment on this thread: ALDERNEY
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Old 11th May 2022, 19:34
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Dublin back from 17 May, permit now issued by the Irish authorities.

(Blue Islands JER-DUB begins on 19 May)
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Old 12th May 2022, 16:04
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Another opportunity missed by BCA. BHD would have done well from either GCI or JER.
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Old 13th May 2022, 11:25
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I don't believe either Aurigny or Blue Island are interested in Belfast as Aurigny said that if they did not get the licence for Dublin, they would stop. Dublin has the appeal of Ireland, Republic and North and the gateway to the USA with customs clearance before you fly
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Old 15th May 2022, 15:56
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Originally Posted by Alteagod
Another opportunity missed by BCA. BHD would have done well from either GCI or JER.
Would it? EZY already operates BFS-JER.
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Old 29th Jun 2022, 19:33
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Survey gone out today asking which other London Airport would customers want access to twice per day to complement the Gatwick service.

Heathrow is not an option but the other 4 London Airports are all on there so presume their meeting with Gatwick Airport to try and get more slots hasn't been successful
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Old 8th Jul 2022, 04:07
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Originally Posted by KindaUnstuck
Survey gone out today asking which other London Airport would customers want access to twice per day to complement the Gatwick service.

Heathrow is not an option but the other 4 London Airports are all on there so presume their meeting with Gatwick Airport to try and get more slots hasn't been successful
Given the airport chaos, queues and crowds, Southend could be a great option and assuming the demand for such a service would originate in its home market, it might have a captive audience who could be educated about the ease of using SEN. Mightn't be easy to get slots at peak times at any other London Airport.
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Old 8th Jul 2022, 07:40
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Originally Posted by EI-BUD
Given the airport chaos, queues and crowds, Southend could be a great option and assuming the demand for such a service would originate in its home market, it might have a captive audience who could be educated about the ease of using SEN. Mightn't be easy to get slots at peak times at any other London Airport.
Id give that service about 6 months before removal!
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Old 8th Jul 2022, 10:17
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Originally Posted by SKOJB
Id give that service about 6 months before removal!
If it were morning and evening it would probably do just fine at SEN although Id have thought them returning to LCY would be more likely.

The previous midday SEN-GCI I think went OK certainly in the summer, and JER did well with EZY. It was their only London route for a while, and in 2020 there was supposed to be competition with BE joining in. The morning inbound/evening outbound would suit those heading into London and the reverse would suit Essexs large army of leisure travellers.
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Old 8th Jul 2022, 11:15
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Depending on slots STN or LCY make most sense in terms of restarting previous Aurigny routes that had a customer base... if the new interline agreement with BA includes BA CityFlyer then LCY seems the more obvious one as a continuation of the existing seasonal BA service.

SEN / STN probably have the least crossover in terms of taking passengers away from any other existing Aurigny route.

Apparently LHR is not totally shut down but would require government support (and slots).

Don't know if this would mean a cut to existing routes, greater use of the third ATR or an extra aircraft being brought in (if the Embraer stays it is likely it will be chartered out more and be used less on the LGW route according to what was in the local paper a while back - decision due over the summer).
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Old 13th Jul 2022, 15:53
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What's wrong with G-ETAC? Been stuck at SOU since the 11th.
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Old 22nd Jul 2022, 09:33
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Aurigny Profit

Aurigny have announced a modest profit of 170,000, their first in 15 years and at the same time following their interlining agreement with BA at the start of the month, they have announced a similar one with Emirates.

https://www.islandfm.com/news/guerns...lwT2QO6f-dS9nI

https://guernseypress.com/news/trave...fit-in-decade/

At last the new management appear to be doing some good
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Old 12th Aug 2022, 12:48
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Guernsey-Scotland flights to land at Glasgow not Edinburgh https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-eur...rnsey-62517319

Seems a curious arrangement for this short lived series of peak flights?
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