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Jersey tourists lost to volcanic ash disruption

Planes at Guernsey Airport
The ash cloud caused flights between the island and UK to be cancelled

The suspension of flights to Jersey due to the volcanic ash cloud last month cost the island 4,000 visitors, the economic development minister has said.

The minister, Senator Alan Maclean, answering questions in the States, told the government that the airport and tourism industry had suffered.

Senator Maclean said the fall in visitor numbers came despite a rise in ferry passengers.

The ash plume led to international flights being grounded for six days.

The initial eruption from Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull caused the cancellation of 100,000 flights in Europe and left more than 10 million passengers unable to travel.

Senator Alan Maclean told the States: "We estimate that it resulted in the loss of 4,000 leisure and business visitors to the island.

"I can however reassure members that in this challenging economic climate we will continue to do all that we can to support our valuable tourism industry. "

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