Private charter flight for Estonian Ambassador (FOI)
Private charter flight for Estonian Ambassador (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 22 December 2016.
On 30 November 2016 it was reported in the press that Senator Ozouf had authorised expenditure of around £4,000 for a private charter flight to the UK to transport the Estonian Ambassador.
What were the exact costs of the flight?
Who funded the flight?
How much of the cost has been recovered from private members of the digital industry?
How many people were on the flight (excluding pilots and cabin staff)?
Were any of the passengers States members or Jersey civil servants?
If the answer to question five is 'yes' then who were they?
What factors were used in deciding to charter this flight instead of waiting for the next scheduled flight?
In order of the requests raised, we respond as follows:
The actual cost of the flight was £4,050.
The flight was charged to States of Jersey.
As at the date of this response, the States of Jersey has not recovered any money from private members of the digital industry for the flight.
Four people were on the flight excluding aircrew.
No States of Jersey members of civil servants travelled on the flight.
A number of factors were considered including:
- the importance of continuing positive relations between Jersey and Estonia
- estimated departure time for the re-scheduled flight that the Ambassador and his party were originally booked on
- availability on alternative scheduled flights to London Gatwick and London City
- the programme of meetings that the Ambassador and his delegation were committed to in London
- cost to the States of Jersey and therefore to the taxpayers of Jersey; and
- achieving the lowest possible cost for a private charter including exploration of several flight options and negotiation with the provider