Guernsey Airport
Guernsey Airport ( IATA: GCI, ICAO: EGJB) is the largest airport in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is the only airport on the island of Guernsey. It is located in the Forest, a parish in Guernsey, 2.5 NM (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) west southwest of St. Peter Port.

Post War operations
The airport was officially opened on 5 May 1939. However, regular air services only commenced in October 1946. By 1948, BEA were operating a daily service to Southampton using Douglas DC-3 aircraft. From 1951, Jersey Airlines flew BEA Associate scheduled services to Southampton at Weekends using Rapide eight-seat biplane airliners.

New terminal facilities
Work started on a new terminal building in 2002, which became operational on 19 April 2004. The old terminal was demolished in May 2004 to make space for additional aircraft stands and a passenger walkway from the new terminal. The new terminal should be able to handle about 1.25 million passengers per year. In 2010, 923,683 passengers used the airport, with 55,557 aircraft movements.

Runways
In 1960 there were four grass runways, with lengths ranging from 2,040 ft (622 m) to 3,060 ft (933 m). In 1960, the new tarmacked runway of a length of 4,800 ft (1,463 m) was opened. In early 2000s alongside the work on the new terminal, commerce and employment claimed an extension was necessary to allow use of larger aircraft such as the Boeing 737, or other larger jets for trans european flights. Flybe could not operate their Embraer 195 into Guernsey due to the low strength of the runway, and elected to operate the smaller de Havilland Dash 8s. In 2008 business leaders and deputies were arguing the case for an extension from its current length of 1,463m to 1,700m. Following several years of debate it was announced on the 2nd October 2009 that Guernsey's airport runway and apron will be extended and repaired at an estimated cost of £81m. The proposal is to add runway safety areas, RESA's, extend the take-off section by 120 meters, and displace the landing section to the west, the first of a two phase runway extension. The extension has mixed support, with some islanders and politicians campaigning against it, while others support it. The issue is still to be settled by the island's government.

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Cargo

General aviation
A large number of single and twin-engined light and business aircraft are based at the airport. These, and numerous visiting general aviation aircraft, are serviced by based aviation engineering firms located in several hangars located at the southwest and southeast portions of the airport.

Other operations
Aurigny Air Services has its head office on the airport property. At one time the Channel Islands subsidiary of British United Airways had its head office on the airport property.

Handling agents
  • Aiglle
  • Aurigny Air Services
  • Airbase Flight Support
  • BlueIslands


Accidents and incidents
On 7 December 1997 an F-27 (registration: G-BNCY) operated by AirUK arriving from Southampton overshot the runway while landing in high cross winds. The Fokker Aircraft aquaplaned on standing water, left the runway end and slid on the wet grass. The aircraft nosed into the cross wind, ending up some 100 metres off the centre line in a field to the south of the runway. There were no fatalities among the 50 passengers and 4 crew members, although the aircraft was damaged beyond repair and subsequently written off. .

Airlines Destinations Air Southwest operated in conjunction with Eastern Airways Plymouth Air Berlin Seasonal: Düsseldorf , Hanover Aurigny Air Services Alderney, Bristol, Dinard, East Midlands, Jersey, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester Seasonal charter: Grenoble Blue Islands Alderney, Geneva, Isle of Man, Jersey, Southampton, Zürich Flybe Birmingham, Exeter, Jersey, London-Gatwick, Southampton Seasonal: Belfast City, Norwich Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca, Mahon, Malaga Airlines Destinations Atlantic Airlines Newspapers, mail using British Aerospace ATPs or Lockheed Electras Aurigny Air Services Mail, FedEx freight and UPS freight

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