"These results illustrate that Guernsey's air links are more than a policy priority or an exercise in stakeholder management. Our air links are an intrinsic part of the experience of living and doing business in Guernsey. For some, they determine whether it is practical to live here (or not) and over the long term, the quality of our air links will determine how the island develops as an economy and a society. Guernsey’s air links are synonymous with its perception as a destination and its brand in the international community.
"The IoD supports policy measures which broaden options for the business community while sustaining existing connections. However, to “fix” air links it is evident that policy focus needs to be matched with committed resources - there is no magic operational fix and the issue is too important for the island as a whole to ignore. With respect to the pending review of air infrastructure, we look forward to understanding how, and when, the Policy & Resources Committee will be deploying its "dry powder”.
"Although financial discipline is important, and the repeated emphasis in debate on the need for a robust economic business case as a precondition for investment is sound, the policy framework surrounding these investment decisions also needs to recognise there will always be an element of risk in any investment decision and needs to appreciate the wider social aspects of air links as part of the Islands “health wealth and happiness” agenda.”