Guernsey Airport opened for business in 1939, just a few months before the German army invaded and occupied the Channel Islands for the duration of the Second World War. Prior to the opening of the current site, planes landed on level ground at L’Eree.
The pages linked below chart the development of Guernsey Airport over the years. Click each heading to read the full entry.
Although public opinion was firmly against building the new airport on high ground at La Villaise, in St Andrew, the States of Guernsey voted it through.
Two years after the new airport was approved, work began on constructing four grass runways and a terminal building.
Flight Lieutenant FA Swoffer was appointed to run the Guernsey Airport. Swoffer had been shot down in his own plane during the First World War.
Although the airport opened on 5 May, there wasn’t any time to set up regular scheduled services before German forces used its landing strips to invade.
The airport had only been open for a month when police made their first arrests on the site, of two men trying to board a flight to London.
German planes bombed St Peter Port shortly before forces landed at Guernsey Airport and the Second World War occupation of the Channel Islands began.
British aircraft bombed the runways and hangers, and many German planes that had been parked in the open air.
A driver had a lucky escape when an incoming plane clipped the roof of his vehicle with its landing gear.
The pilot and co-pilot were killed when a Silver City Airways plane from Bournemouth crashed while trying to land. It was carrying cars as cargo, as well as seven passengers and one member of cabin crew.
The Islanders’ Airline was founded on neighbouring Alderney when it looked like the island was at risk of being cut off from the other Channel Islands.
The inter-island flight was arriving from Jersey when its primary fuel tanks ran dry and it came down in a field.
The aircraft was arriving from Southampton and had 50 passengers aboard when it came off the end of Guernsey runway in strong winds, cloud and rain.
The aircraft hit a house when the three tonnes of newspapers it was carrying shifted and set it off balance.
The new building replaced the 1930s-built terminal. It had taken just under two years to build and had capacity for 30% more passengers than its predecessor.