Guernsey Airport opened in 1939, and today provides a vital gateway to and from the Island for nearly a million travellers every year. In 2012, work began on a major programme of essential maintenance and improvements, representing probably the largest development at the airfield in more than 70 years. It will equip Guernsey Airport to serve the Island for the next 30 years.
The Airport supports 649 direct jobs and provides an income injection of £31.2 million into the Guernsey economy. However, it is clear that the main economic benefit comes from the contribution it makes to the connectedness of the Bailiwick as a place to live, work and visit.
York Aviation, 2009
The Airport2040 project, which will cost up to £80 million, comprises various elements. They include the resurfacing of the existing runway, extension of the safety areas, and the reconstruction of the concrete apron areas where aircraft park. The taxiways which connect the aprons to the runway are also being resurfaced, and realigned, and a new drainage system, airfield ground lighting and navigational aids will be installed.
All of these elements contribute to the overall cost and complexity of the project, which was carried out while the airport remained operational.