Alderney Airport makes a popular 'foreign' destination and is ideal for a first flight overseas.
Fly to Alderney and, as you bank and begin your descent, you see the whole island spread out beneath you. It looks wonderfully fresh and green amid the crystal blue sea. This is the pleasure of flying to Alderney.
If you’re looking for a new flying destination, Alderney airport is ideal. It’s easy to reach from the mainland, and the whole island is easily accessible, making it perfect for a weekend trip or short break. And the small airfield offers three operational runways, affordable landing fees, VAT free fuel, taxis, car and cycle hire. Here it is easy to land and enjoy the island without the delays and frustrations of busier destinations.
Alderney’s airfield is the closest to England of any in the Channel Islands, and is around 11 miles (18km) from the Normandy coast (via the Light Aircraft corridor). Full details of the airfield are in the Pooley’s and Jeppesen’s flight guides and there is further information on the Alderney Government site.
There are several ways to reach Alderney by air. To stay close to land, you could cross to Le Touquet, follow the French coast past Le Havre to Cherbourg and make a short hop over water to the island. More adventurous pilots or those with faster twin-engined planes can cross directly from the Isle of Wight or the south coast.
Many pilots come to Alderney for a leisurely break or the sheer pleasure of flying, but there are fantastic events to enjoy too, especially the social weekender Alderney Fly-In. Every August sees the family-friendly Alderney Week, which features among its many events a man-powered flight competition as well as a ‘Daft Raft Race’ and torchlight procession. During September, Alderney hosts the Island Air Races, organised jointly by the Alderney Flying Club and the Royal Aero Club, at which the British Air Racing Championship is decided.
It is possible to fly to the other Channel Islands for a day trip with Aurigny (www.aurigny.com)
Guernsey – 15 minutes
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Jersey via Guernsey – approximately 1 hour.
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