Jersey government to launch aircraft registry

A dedicated island aircraft registry will "open new business opportunities" the Jersey economic development minister said.

Senator Alan Maclean approved plans for the registry which is expected to launch by summer 2014.

Jersey and Guernsey had tried to launch a joint registry but negotiations fell apart in September after the sides could not agree terms.

Guernsey will be launching their aircraft registry on Monday.

In a joint statement, the States of Guernsey and Jersey said a single registry could not meet the separate operational and commercial interests.

Senator Maclean said: "This is an exciting opportunity for Jersey which will form an incredibly strong additional element to our inward investment strategy.

"The launch of the Jersey Aircraft Registry will undoubtedly add to Jersey's overall offering and provide local businesses with significant opportunities, particularly in the fiduciary, legal and financial services arenas."

He said he hoped the registry would be able to attract business jet owners.

The States of Jersey has appointed Brian Johnson, director of operations for Appleby Aviation Ltd and former director of civil aviation for the Isle of Man, to advise on the establishment of the registry.

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