The Guernsey based airline Waves has been granted route licences by the island's Transport Licensing Authority to fly between Guernsey and Jersey and Guernsey and Alderney.
This means that Waves can resume its original operations and fly without restriction both on a whole aircraft charter basis and by selling individual seats in a development which has thrilled CEO Nick Magliocchetti.
“I’d firstly like to thank the TLA for this positive decision and for their efforts working tirelessly through the very thorough process, granting us the approval to fly to and from Guernsey to both Jersey and Alderney" he said.
"The fact that they have granted us the licences is proof that our business is a perfect fit for the inter island air travel market. We have always maintained that we are here to fill a gap in that market and not compete with existing carriers. We offer a niche service that is designed to attract customers who may have chosen not to fly because of inconvenient schedules or pricing structures.”
Waves said this decision comes at "a pivotal time when current air links are causing concern for the local economy, businesses and islanders" adding that Waves is "a young, dynamic and technology led business putting Guernsey on the map as it secures investors from as far afield as the US. With this positive news secured, Waves will continue to develop their customised tech platforms for eventual licensing on the global market."
Waves' Head of PR and Marketing, Emy De La Mare said: “We’d like to thank our customers for their support and for choosing to fly Waves because of its customer centric and convenient operating model. It’s been a difficult few months for the team but the overwhelming public support and their desire for more flexibility and options to travel on and off the islands has been a real boost and only further proved that the demand is here.”
Mr Magliocchetti added his thanks to his staff: “The team have been working especially hard under trying conditions and deserve this result. Special thanks go to Matt Bisson, our Director of Aviation and Kasey Lynch, our General Counsel, for their hard work in preparing the written case for our licences. Now that we have the local licences in place, together with the TCO approval to fly into Europe, it’s an exciting time for the business. Further announcements on the return to individual seat sales will be made in due course.”
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