Guernsey Government House

His Excellency & Lady Corder visit Aurigny

Sir Ian marshals Gatwick arrival onto stand Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowLast Friday (16th Feb) his Excellency and Lady Corder spent a couple of hours learning how Aurigny, Guernsey's very own airline, goes about its business.

Hosted by Aurigny's Chief Executive, Mark Darby, Sir Ian and Lady Corder met with a wide variety of the airline's staff including those working at the reservations desk, check-in staff, the engineering team, ground handlers, finance staff and, last but certainly not least, the airline's call centre operators.  They were able to hear first hand about the many complexities and the day to day trials and tribulations of running a busy local airline on which so many islanders depend.

Lady Corder prepares a push back Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowTo lend a little practical 'experience' to their morning both the Lientenant-Governor and Lady Corder were able to try their hand at some ground handling skills.  Lady Corder helped 'push back' the mid morning Bristol departure and Sir Ian marshalled the 1115 Gatwick arrival safely onto its parking spot.

Sir Ian remarked that it had been a fascinating morning which had given them both a real insight into the vital role the airline plays in the life of the Bailiwick and the very significant challenges involved in delivering a safe, reliable, and economic service in the demanding environment of the Channel Islands.