Alderney Airport Delays - Always Trouble with Airlines
Alderney Airport is the only airport found on the Channel Islands of Alderny, the nearest island to the south coast of England and the coast of France. It is located on the Blaye, 2 kilometres south-west of St. Anne. It is surrounded by pristine beaches and luxurious restaurants. Established in the year 1935, it was the first airport to be built in the Channel Islands.
The airport has three functional runways. The main runway, 08/26, stretches for 885 metres and is mainly asphalt with some patches of grass. The two secondary runways are both covered with grass. Runway 14/32 measures 735 metres while runway 03/21 measures 500 metres in length. The main runway is equipped with low intensity lighting systems whereas the secondary runways have portable lighting. The airport's small terminal building, erected in the year 1968, has a spacious arrivals hall together with a beautiful departure lounge equipped with a check-in desk for the airport's major airline. Unlike other airports, Aldeney does not operate for 24 hours, and had reduced operating hourds during winter months. The airport's non-directional beacon is utilised by runway 08/26 for instrument approaches during Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). There is a GPS satellite being developed by Eurocontrol in conjunction with NATS. This will allow aircrafts to land easily at the airport even in lower visibility.
The airport offers a number of impressive facilities including an aircraft hangar, a low cost gas station, the Airport Fire Station, and a shop selling snacks and souvenirs. In addition, there is a small airport buffet offering non-alcoholic refreshments and light meals at affordable rates. The buffet also sells a number of duty-free goods including alcoholic drinks and cigarettes as well as a wide selection of perfumes, cosmetics, and souvenirs. Alderney is served by just one airline, Aurigny Air Services. This airline connects the airport to Guernsey and Southampton, as well as offering seasonal routes to Jersey.
A report from the Civil Aviation Authority indicates that in the year 2013, the airport managed more than 62,000 passengers with approximately 6800 total movements. According to Alderney Airport Master Plan, the States of Alderney has managed to set aside more than £350,000 for renovation and expansion of the airport. This means that the airport is expected to expand in order to accommodate more airlines and serve more passengers from different parts of Europe and beyond.
Poor Service - What to do in Case of Delays
Over the last few months, a large number of tourists have been complaining of poor and slow services being offered by the major airline. The management of Alderney Airport apologised for the inconveniences and confirmed that operations were not continuing as normal due to poor weather and delayed supply of aviation fuel. From the month of February up to now, the airlines have been recording about 12% and 5% of late departures and arrivals respectively every day. For more information on delays and cancellation statistics, visit: FlightStats.
In the meantime, if you have been affected by the late departures or arrivals, Flightright can help you receive the compensation you deserve.