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Chamber says Waves Airline Changes ‘Do Not Meet Members’ Needs’

Guernsey Chamber President Martyn Dorey says the change made by Waves Airline ‘Does not support our members’ need for improved connectivity’.

The change follows legal proceedings launched by the airline’s competitor, Blue Islands. “Chamber is entirely supportive of our 600-strong corporate membership, including Blue Islands, and as part of that we recognise the hugely important requirement for good transport links. We respect Waves’ decision to change its business model (stopping selling single seats and only allowing full chartering of the aircraft) in response to the prospect of the Transport Authority hearing. If there are concerns about the definition of an air “taxi” service, though, States members are able to drive the agenda to allow for new, innovative business models in the Bailiwick’s airspace. They could, for example, demonstrate agility by quickly introducing legislation for a new on demand category,’ he said.

The president pointed out that States members are in the unique position of being able to represent and direct the law to be amended where necessary. ‘The whole point in having control of our airspace and territory is so that we can develop thought leadership and deliver innovative ideas quickly and efficiently.’

 

He concluded that more operators on a route would deliver greater resilience. Guernsey has a long-standing heritage of innovation, and deputies have an opportunity to demonstrate the Bailiwick’s good fit as an incubator for innovation and inward investment by introducing more flexible legislation.  ‘Given connectivity is the number one issue for the island, this would make sense for both our members and the island as whole,’ he concluded.

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