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Jersey Aircraft Registry to close

31 October 2022

​Following a review of the Jersey Aircraft Registry (JAR), the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Deputy Kirsten Morel, has concluded that it should cease to operate in its current form. 

The sole aircraft which remained registered on the JAR has been transferred to another jurisdiction’s register, and the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has been informed of the closure. The decision has no impact on commercial flight connections, and will not affect private pilots.

Deputy Morel said: “My decision has been based on JAR’s commercial underperformance, which does not represent value for Jersey taxpayers, and because additional investment would be needed to enhance its regulatory compliance, if it were to continue. 

“I am grateful to those clients who have supported the registry during its operation, and would underline that this decision will have no impact on Jersey’s numerous and diverse flight connections and services.” 

Since its launch in 2015, a total of four aircraft have been registered and, during the course of 2022, the number fell from three to one. In addition, a review highlighted that significant additional resource would be needed for the registry to meet international regulatory requirements. 

Deputy Morel said: “Jersey’s regulatory compliance requirements would be the same whether one or 1,000 aircraft were registered, and closing the JAR removes the need for those resources. It is important to note that these resource needs relate only to the aircraft registry – the wider picture on Jersey’s aviation regulatory landscape – for example, air traffic services and aerodromes – is exemplary.

“Aviation and connectivity will continue to be of fundamental importance to Jersey’s community, and I would support opportunities for the sector to develop in a way that benefits Jersey’s economy. I have committed to supporting a high performing, environmentally sustainable, and technologically advanced economy which has robust transport and digital connectivity. As with all other sectors, the Government’s approach to aviation will be driven by these principles.

“Officers are preparing a new aviation strategy for Jersey and, within the scope of this work – and as one of several aviation initiatives – they will investigate how Jersey can benefit from registry-related activity in the future. They will identify the reasons for the JAR’s underperformance and any decisions on future registry-related activity will be mindful of those reasons, to ensure that we learn from our experiences of operating the JAR to date. 

“Any Government decisions in this area will only be guided by the firmest evidenced-based opportunities and commercial strategies – and where Jersey can gain a position of global leadership in the fields of new aviation technologies and the advance towards zero-carbon flight.”

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