Aurigny Air Services Limited is an airline with its head office on the grounds of Guernsey Airport in the Channel Islands, also the only airline based in Alderney and Guernsey, and is dedicated to serving the people of the islands, and those visiting the islands. Itâ€™s wholly owned by the States of Guernsey. It operates passenger and freight services between the Channel Islands, northern France and the United Kingdom. Its main base is Guernsey Airport, with other aircraft and crew based at Jersey Airport and Alderney Airport. Aurigny is one of the longest serving regional airlines in the world, and is one of the oldest established airlines in Britain except for Loganair and BMI. Its name comes from the French/Auregnais name for Alderney.
Founded by Sir Derrick Bailey in 1968, Aurigny Air Services started operations the same year after British United Airways withdrew the Alderney to Guernsey route. In 1971, it was the first company to operate Britten-Norman Trislander aircraft, developing a highly efficient network linking the Channel Islands with each other and with France and the United Kingdom. The airline remains the worldâ€™s largest operator of the type. In 1977, Aurigny was the first airline in the world to ban smoking on all services.
In 1992, Aurigny became the official freight carrier for the Royal Mail from Jersey. The airline continued expanding its service the following years, by operating daily services to London Stansted from Guernsey in 1999, daily and direct service to Manchester Airport from Guernsey in 2000, daily services to East Midlands Airport from Guernsey in 2001, daily service between Guernsey and Bristol International Airport in 2003. Also in 2003, Aurigny is acquired by the States of Guernsey in a deal to safeguard the future of several key air links, including the threatened Guernsey-London Gatwick route.
Aurigny Air Services serves the following destinations:Â British Crown Dependencies (Alderney Airport, Guernsey Airport, Jersey Airport), France (Pleurtuit Airport, Grenoble Airport (seasonal)), United Kingdom (Bristol International Airport, Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, Manchester Airport, East Midlands Airport and Southampton Airport).
The Aurigny Air Services fleet includes the following aircrafts: 1 ATR 72-200, 2 ATR 72-500 and 7 Britten-Norman Trislander.
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