Guernsey Airport will be closed for a total of eight days this year to enable key elements of planned essential maintenance and improvements to be carried out. No flights will be operated through Guernsey Airport on these dates.

The project involves constructing a new 120-metre section of runway at the western end, so that a longer safety area can be provided to the east. One of the existing taxiways, which provides the link between the aircraft parking areas and the runway will have to be realigned to join up with the new western end. This will be done on 27th and 28th November.

The final closure will be the following week, on 4th and 5th December, when the new section is connected to the existing runway.

Airport Director Colin Le Ray said that as well as carrying out these key elements, the contractor will be looking to complete as much work as possible during the closures.

'The purpose of these closures is to complete certain elements that cannot be completed during a normal night-time closure. However, Lagan will be looking to maximise the opportunity, and complete as much work as possible during these times,' he said.

'We will make every effort to minimise any disruption, but in any case these will be short term and will reduce the overall duration of the project in the long run.'

The first of the closures took place on 20th and 21st March. The next closures are:

 8th & 9th May, 27th & 28th November, 4th & 5th December.

Any Blue Islands flight in or out of Guernsey Airport on those dates has been blocked from the booking system. All of Blue Islands' flights operating from all other airports remain unaffected. For more information, visit the Guernsey Airport website www.guernsey-airport.gov.gg