Gatwick News Update: Easyjet Withdraw Application to Fly to Guernsey from Gatwick
Gatwick News Update: Easyjet withdraw application to fly to Guernsey from Gatwick. It had planned to begin operational flights on the route from 2014.
The budget airline Easyjet has withdrawn their application for a licence to operate flights to the Channel Island from Gatwick airport. An Easyjet spokesman and said that a commercial evaluation had been carried out that uncovered some uncertainly about the possibility of the Guernsey Island airline Aurigny being given exclusive operation of the route.
The treasury minister for the Island Minister Gavin St Pier has backed exclusivity for the home airline and called for it to be protected from competition. He is actively seeking ways to change policies with the air route licensing authority for Guernsey with regard to the vital Gatwick route.
Easyjet bought the landing slots that it currently occupies from rival budget carrier Flybe in May of this year. At present Flybe are using the route from Gatwick to Guernsey but plan to stop flying this particular route in March 2014. When this happens the Guernsey airline will be the sole carrier from the Island to Gatwick.
The airline has recently had the backing of The States for its purchase of a new jet airliner for use on the route at a cost of twenty five million pounds. The Department of Commerce and Employment whose responsibility it is to issue the licenses necessary, have said that they have no further comment to make on the matter and the airline Aurigny were also unavailable to make any comment.
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There is no doubt that gaining the route into Gatwick, the second largest airport in the UK would be a great bonus, especially if it is solely operated. For those traveling from the Channel Islands, Gatwick will be a vital point from which they can continue their journeys around the world or to other parts of the UK and Southern Ireland.
There will always be those, however, who think that monopoly is never a good thing and that prices might not be as competitive as they could be if there were more carriers competing for passengers on the Channel Island route to and from Gatwick. On the other hand it would be very difficult for a local airline to compete with a huge budget airline and consideration will no doubt be give to the fact that the local airline will be a local employer as well.
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