I have mixed feelings on this subject, but overall I don't think Aurigny being nationalised is a good thing.
My personal view is that this was something of a panic measure from Guernsey States as they have seen BA
first of all cease flights to MAN
last year and now pull the plug on the LGW
route (thus ending scheduled BA
flights from GCI
). Aurigny has already picked up the MAN
route and I think when they decided to take over LGW
as well the States just thought that they cannot run the risk of the route failing and services to London being lost.
Whilst FlyBe offers its own services on GCI
and remain committed to these, the States probably thought that it was too much of a gamble to rely on FlyBe as you never know when a reorganisation may take place and possibly cause the route to be shelved.
The States saw the opportunity to safeguard vital airlinks to the island and took control of Aurigny. On the negative side, if Aurigny's routes make losses, then the tax payers of Guernsey carry the can. It also means that the competition for FlyBe is not on a level playing field. I can see why they thought it needed to be done (though as I say, it seems like a panic measure) but the thought of possible subsidised routes against the competition just doesn't seem right.
Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.