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Aurigny Air Services
Founded 1968
Hubs Guernsey Airport
Focus cities Alderney Airport
Jersey Airport
Fleet size 10
Destinations 11
Company slogan The Islands' Preferred Airline
Headquarters Guernsey, Channel Islands
Key people Derrick Bailey (Founder)
Malcolm Hart (CEO)

Aurigny Air Services Limited is an airline based in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and wholly owned by the States of Guernsey. It operates passenger and freight services between the Channel Islands, western France and England. The airline also carries overnight mail for the British Royal Mail. Its main base is Guernsey Airport, with hubs at Jersey Airport and Alderney Airport.

Its name “Aurigny” comes from the French/Auregnais name for Alderney, whose local language was made extinct by the evacuation of locals during the occupation of the Channel Islands in World War 2.

Aurigny is one of the longest serving regional airlines in the world.



ATR 72 taking off
ATR 72 starts takeoff at Manchester Airport, England

Aurigny Air Services was founded by Sir Derrick Bailey and started operations on 1 March 1968 after British United Airways withdrew the Alderney to Guernsey route. In July 1971 Aurigny became the first commercial operator of the Britten-Norman Trislander and the airline remains the world’s largest operator of the type. During the first year of operations the airline carried 45,000 passengers between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney.

In 1977, Aurigny was the first airline in the world to ban smoking on all services.

In 1993 Aurigny wins a contract to carry mail between The Channel Islands and the UK and in 1999 it began daily services to London Stansted Airport operated by Saab 340 aircraft.

Ownership of the airline passed from Aurigny Aviation Holdings to Close Brothers Private Equity on 23 May 2000, but was wholly acquired by States of Guernsey on 15 May 2003. It employs 300 staff in the Channel Islands, France and the United Kingdom.[1][1] Aurigny also operates charter services, wetleases aircraft to other operators and is a handling agent for Lufthansa which operates seasonal services from Germany to Guernsey and Air Southwest which runs services from Plymouth to Guernsey.

In June 2006, a survey by market researchers showed that Aurigny is the most popular airline flying out of Guernsey.

On 21 June 2007, Aurigny got permission from its sole shareholder, the States of Guernsey, to raise a private loan to purchase two new ATR 72-500 aircraft which entered service in March 2009.

In 2008, when Aurigny celebrated 40 years in operation, it was voted 4th best short-haul airline in a poll published in the consumer magazine Which?. In a survey of 30,000 Which? members, the publication looked at 71 airlines and asked readers to rate each carrier for check-in, cabin staff, cleanliness, food and entertainment.

In March 2009, Aurigny was granted a licence to operate services between Jersey and London Stansted, and between Guernsey and East Midlands. Daily flights between these destinations commenced from 1 May 2009. Also on 1 May 2009 the frequency of flights from Guernsey to London Gatwick was increased from 4 to 5 daily return flights.

In August 2009, Aurigny announced that it would be operating winter flights to Grenoble using its ATR 72-500 equipment. The flights will run from December 26th 2009 to mid-way through February 2010.

Destinations and Former Destinations

Aurigny Air Services serves the following destinations (at August 2009):

It also used to serve these destinations:


Aurigny's most well known aircraft G-JOEY on finals into Guernsey Airport

The Aurigny Air Services fleet includes the following aircraft (as of November 2009):[2]

Aurigny Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
ATR 72-200 1 66
ATR 72-500 2 72
Britten-Norman Trislander 8 15


  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 80. 2007-03-27.  
  2. ^ Aurigny fleet details

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