As follows is a statement by Group CEO for Ports of Jersey, Matt Thomas in relation to the news, received earlier today, that the Director of Civil Aviation for the Channel Islands (DCA) has rescinded the instruction to remove the arrivals building at Jersey Airport:
“We are relieved that the uncertainty over the Director of Civil Aviation’s previous ruling has now been resolved. Not only will this enable us to preserve an important part of the Island’s heritage, but it enables us to focus our efforts and investment on building the air connectivity, which will be critical to the recovery of the Island’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DCA, who has overall responsibility for the safe operation of Jersey Airport, first informed Ports of Jersey in 2010 that it would take licensing action if a number of buildings at the airport, including the Arrivals Terminal, were not removed; this was subsequently reconfirmed in 2018 and then again in 2020. The DCA in reaching her decision, has both re-examined the information we have provided to her predecessors and made her own careful investigations, based on improvements in the maturity of safety management systems.
Ports of Jersey is duty-bound to follow the directions of the DCA as its safety regulator. We welcome this updated guidance that means the arrivals building, part of which dates back to 1937, can be retained. We will now develop options for how it will be incorporated into our future investment plans. Our primary focus will always be to ensure safe and secure operations, whilst investing in a modern, easy-to-use airport terminal that Islanders can be proud of. All designed to help grow connectivity, so vital to the Island’s recovery and growth, whilst showcasing Jersey as a special place to visit.”
Ports of Jersey Press Release.