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Guernsey Airline records record numbers at Gatwick as they introduce new staff to the airport

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Aurigny’s lifeline Gatwick route has continued to deliver record passenger numbers over the last three months, as the airline gets ready to introduce its own team of staff at the London airport.

The route carried more than 88,500 passengers during these months (August-October), which is the highest number it has ever carried during this period.

After carrying over 31,200 passengers to and from the London Gatwick in August – a record month for any Aurigny route – there were further positive figures in September and October.

September saw the Gatwick route serve over 30,000 passengers, a record number for that month and an increase of 1,300 compared to 2016.

In October, a traditionally quieter month, the route carried over 28,500 passengers, up a further 1,000 passengers on 2016.

Aurigny Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar said:

“It’s great to see this high level of travel continuing month-on-month and it looks like we are going to have a really strong end to the year, with bookings up for both November and December. From April to the end of October we have seen over 8,000 extra passengers on the Gatwick route compared to the same period last year – up by around 4%.

“With growing numbers, we have recently increased capacity to and from Gatwick, with extra Saturday flights this winter, and these have really proved popular with our customers. This continued higher level of travel to and from Guernsey is not only important for the airline, but really positive news for the island, and the economy. It’s great to see the route, in both directions, going from strength-to-strength, thanks to the ongoing support from our customers.”

In another important step to enhance the service, Aurigny is now completing final training with its new team of staff at London Gatwick, ahead of next month’s launch of the airline’s ground handling operations at the London airport.

At the beginning of December, the team of over 20 Aurigny staff begin ground operations at the London airport, so customers will be able to deal directly with the airline throughout their journey.

Mr Coupar said:

“With the Gatwick route growing in popularity, we see this as a really big step in providing the very best level of service to our customers. It will help us improve the way we handle disruption, improve our customer service and ensure we give our customers the very best possible experience. “This can only help to maintain the growth on this popular route, a lifeline link for the island.”

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Crawley Borough Council appoints two new senior managers

Two new senior managers have been appointed at Crawley Borough Council.

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Two new senior managers have been appointed at Crawley Borough Council.

Ian Duke will take on the role of Deputy Chief Executive from 11 June and Simon Jones will become Head of Digital and Transformation on 9 July.

Both roles were subject to a vigorous selection process, which included presentation and panel interviews with officers and councillors.

Ian brings a wide range of experience across several service areas from a number of local authorities over 20 years. He worked at Gosport Borough Council in economic development, inward investment and regeneration programmes before moving to the London Borough of Greenwich to lead on regeneration policy, the London Thames Gateway and external funding. Whilst at Greenwich, Ian delivered a range of government programmes to improve frontline services and outcomes within one of the country’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. He took this learning into consultancy supporting local authorities to work with communities to improve services.

For the past five years, Ian has worked at the London Borough of Hounslow and has been responsible for developing the organisational and partnership priorities, translating these into strategy, developing new ways of working, ensuring delivery and supporting transformation ahead of a move into a new civic centre.

Ian said: “I’m delighted to be joining at such an exciting time for the town and the council. The new Town Hall site is an important landmark in the ongoing development of the town centre and is a one-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we deliver services for our communities.

“I look forward to working with everyone to ensure that through this development and others, such as the new neighbourhood at Forge Wood, we deliver the benefits that our residents and communities deserve.”

Simon is currently Head of the East Sussex Better Together Alliance Digital Programme.

He was formerly Head of IT for East Sussex County Council and for several years he also led digital/ IT provision for a large London social housing provider. Simon has also been responsible for overseeing numerous transformation programmes.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “This is an exciting time for Crawley, as we take big steps moving the town and the council forward. To deliver on our aspirations for the town we need a strong team at the Town Hall.

“I’m confident that with Ian and Simon joining the council’s senior management team, we have the right people in the right roles to help build a better future for Crawley.”

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