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Minister praises airport's future
Alderney Airport
The airport loses 500,000 a year
Guernsey's Public Services Minister says he is confident about the future of Alderney Airport, despite a lack of funding currently available for it.

New plans for the site were released on Thursday and now the search is on for private investors to help pay for them.

UK consultants Burks Green have come up with a blueprint for its future. But it says 3.5m is needed to bring the site into the 21st Century.

Deputy Bill Bell said he hoped future plans would bring more passengers.

Guernsey subsidises the airport to the tune of 500,000 a year.

Deputy Bell said Guernsey's States, which manages the airport realised there was "a need to improve the quality of facilities at Alderney Airport".

He said he hoped future plans would increase passengers numbers and that the States was hopeful it would help the financial difficulties involved in running the airport.

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