Improvements to be made at Alderney Airport

22nd November 2018

Alderney Airport will be upgraded in the near future if a policy letter is approved by the States.

The letter will ask for more than 12 million pounds to address degradation of the runway surface, taxiways, and apron areas.

We understand the runway will be restored to its original 23 metre width, however it will not be lengthened to accommodate larger aircraft.

President of the States Trading Supervisory Board, Peter Ferbrache, says the States have acknowledged the Alderney to Guernsey service is a lifeline.

‘Because of the age of the main runway and other paved areas, and their gradual deterioration over time, Alderney Airport is now in urgent need of refurbishment,’ he said.

‘This represents a much-needed and significant investment in the island’s infrastructure to help safeguard its essential air links.

‘The programme has looked in detail at various options to identify the most appropriate scope.’

That scope included an extension to the runway which would have paved the way for larger aircraft, however this would have cost between £11.5 and 19 million which was not believed to have been worth the outlay.

STSB, which is responsible for Alderney Airport hopes to appoint a contractor by the end of next year with construction beginning the year after.

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