|Chester Hawarden Airport
|IATA: CEG – ICAO: EGNR|
|Elevation AMSL||45 ft / 14 m|
|Sources: UK AIP at NATS
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority
Chester Hawarden Airport (IATA: CEG, ICAO: EGNR), is an airport near Hawarden in Flintshire, Wales, near the border with England and 3.5 NM (6.5 km; 4.0 mi) west southwest of the English city of Chester.
Aviation Park Group (APG) are based at the airport and provide handling and related services to private clients. APG has a longterm tenancy agreement with Airbus UK, giving sole handling rights at the site.
At the airport there is a large Airbus factory which produces aircraft wings.
The aircraft factory on the airfield is known as the Broughton factory, named after the nearest village.
The aircraft factory at Broughton was established early in the second world war as a shadow factory for Vickers-Armstrongs Limited. The factory produced 5,540 Vickers Wellingtons and 235 Avro Lancasters. Post-war the factory was used by Vickers to build 28,000 aluminium prefab bungalows. Despite the name, the airport is located in Broughton and not Hawarden.
The RAF's No. 48 Maintenance Unit was formed at Hawarden on 1 September 1939 and until 1 July 1957 stored, maintained and scrapped many thousands of military aircraft, including the Handley Page Halifax, Wellingtons, Horsa gliders and De Havilland Mosquitoes. It was on the northwest portion of the airfield.
No. 3 Ferry Pilots Pool/Ferry Pool, Air Transport Auxiliary, was based at Hawarden between 5 November 1940 and 30 November 1945. Its veteran pilots ferried thousands of military aircraft from the factories and maintenance facilities at Hawarden and elsewhere to and from RAF and Naval squadrons throughout the UK.
On 1 July 1948 The de Havilland Aircraft Company took over the Vickers factory and over the years built the following aircraft types:
- de Havilland Mosquito
- de Havilland Hornet
- de Havilland Sea Hornet
- de Havilland Vampire
- de Havilland Venom and Sea Venom
- de Havilland Dove and Devon
- de Havilland Comet 13 only, and two aircraft that became the prototypes for the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod
- de Havilland Canada Chipmunk
- de Havilland Canada Beaver(assembly only)
- de Havilland Sea Vixen
- de Havilland Heron
The company became part of Hawker Siddeley Aviation in the 1960s and the production of the Hawker Siddeley HS125 business jet, designed by de Havilland as the DH.125, became the main aircraft type produced by the factory for nearly forty years. Production was moved to the United States when the 125 business was sold to the Raytheon Corporation.
Since the early 1970s the Broughton factory, was part of British Aerospace operations. It is now owned and operated by Airbus, and has continued to be the centre of wing production for all models of Airbus commercial aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
Although there have been scheduled services to Hawarden in past years, there are currently no public scheduled passenger flights to the airport; most flights are chartered, or corporate, but the airport has frequent air freight flights provided by the Airbus Beluga to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg Finkenwerder and Bremen for Airbus. There are also regular bmi Regional Embraer EMB-145 shuttle flights to Bristol Lulsgate and Toulouse for Airbus workers.
A number of privately owned light aircraft are based at Hawarden. Police aircraft also operate from here.
North Wales Military Air Services (NWMAS) are also based here offering maintenance for classic military aircraft, such as the Jet Provost, Strikemaster and L-39, with three Strikemasters, one Jet Provost and an Aero L-39 operating from Hawarden for airshows and pilot training.
There is much private and general activity at the airport, adding considerably to the number of aircraft movements at this airport. Operators include Chester Handling Services, which provides air taxi and charter services, Flintshire Flying School, NWMAS and Cheshire Police base a Eurocopter EC135 Helicopter at the airport. Also operating from Hawarden Airport is Williams Aviation Ltd, which offers private jet charter.
As of September 2013 Aviation Park Group has almost completed a small passenger terminal at the airport. Once completed APG will start negotiations with commercial airlines to run routes to other airports in the UK and Europe.
Please note the Airfield is 24 hours PPR.
Also here is an aircraft service centre; managed and owned separately from the Airbus operation.
Raytheon Systems opened a new facility in 2003, to support the Raytheon Sentinel entering service with the Royal Air Force. Raytheon had a 125 and Beech 400 support centre on the airfield, which was renamed Hawker Beechcraft Ltd in early 2007.
The Service Centre has had a number of owners over recent years, the most recent being Beechcraft (formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft, and before that Raytheon). However, on 3 September 2013, the operation was sold to Marshall Aerospace (Cambridge) for an undisclosed sum.
- Barfield, Norman. (2005) Broughton - from Wellington to Airbus. Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2130-1
- Smith, Ron. (2005) British Built Aircraft (Volume 5 Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3487-X
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