Move to introduce aircraft registry in Guernsey

The States of Guernsey is being asked to introduce an aircraft registry as a way of diversifying the economy.

Currently planes, including those owned by islanders, have to be registered elsewhere as there is no legislation in place in the island.

The Commerce and Employment Department, which is behind the proposals, said it could generate up to £18m for the economy in three years.

The idea of a joint registry with Jersey is also up for discussion.

The move would require the approval of the UK authorities as it would have to be a sub-registry of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, like the one in the Isle of Man.

That register, which was set up in May 2007, currently has nearly 400 aircraft on it.

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