Pembrey Airport

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Pembrey West Wales International Airport
Maes Awyr Pen-Bre
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IATA: noneICAO: EGFP
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Captain Winston M Thomas
Operator Pembrey Airport
Serves Llanelli, South/West/Mid/North Wales
Location Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 51°42′50″N 004°18′44″W / 51.71389°N 4.31222°W / 51.71389; -4.31222 (Pembrey Airport)Coordinates: 51°42′50″N 004°18′44″W / 51.71389°N 4.31222°W / 51.71389; -4.31222 (Pembrey Airport)
Website www.pembreyairport.com
Map
EGFP is located in Carmarthenshire
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Location in Carmarthenshire
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 797 2,615 Concrete
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]

Pembrey West Wales International Airport (ICAO: EGFP) is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) west northwest of Llanelli (9 NM (17 km; 10 mi) south of Carmarthen)[1] in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, in Wales. Pembrey has one Hard Runway designated as 22LH/C and 04RH/C.

Pembrey is a small airport situated inside the Royal Air Force danger area D118 known as Pembrey Sands Air Weapons Range. Pembrey is open seven days a week but only licensed at weekends unless a prior booking is made, due to an LOA with the MoD to operate civil and commercial flights during operational hours as long as any visiting aircraft obtain the required PPR from the RAF.

The airport is not published for night use but regularly[citation needed] used after dark by military traffic requiring refueling. The airport has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P836) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Pembrey West Wales Airport Limited). APAPI Lighting exists on both ends of the runway although 04's are currently unserviceable. Pembrey West Wales Airport supplies AVTUR and sometimes AVGAS .

The Airport has an NDB on site designated as the PMB.[1]

History[edit]

Main article: RAF Pembrey

Construction of the airfield for RAF Flying Training Command started in 1937 and by September 1939, the RAF's No. 2 Air Armament School was the first unit to be stationed at the airfield. By May 1940, the three tarmac runways had been completed.

During World War 2 Pembrey was an active RAF station and was host to the RAF's Air Gunnery School, after which its activities relaxed a little and it became an air crew holding unit for crews being demobbed. Between 1946 and 1949 RAF Fighter Command was in control of the airfield; work was then put in hand to lengthen Runway 04/22 to take jet aircraft. From 1949 to 1952 21 Wing RAF Regiment (comprising 15 and 63 Squadrons RAF Regiment) were based at Pembrey. With Runway 04/22 extended to nearly 6000 feet, 233 OCU moved in on 1 September 1952, initially with D.H Vampire aircraft and then with Hawker Hunter aircraft. The unit stayed until 13 July 1957. The airfield closed in September 1957.

Post 1958 part of former RAF Pembrey airfield was turned over to agriculture and part was used as a motor racing circuit leaving only a small length of unused runway and taxiways. On Thursday 22 August 1997 Pembrey was officially opened as a civil airfield and named Pembrey Airport using a single runway (04/22) with a declared length of 805 metres.

On 18 December 2009, Isles of Scilly Skybus operated the first charter flight into the airport. The flight originated from Newquay using a 16 seater aircraft.[2]

Plans[edit]

There were plans (2010) to lengthen the runway and lighting arrays to allow larger commercial aircraft to land.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Isles of Scilly Skybus Chartered: UK and Europe
PremiAir Aviation Chartered: UK and Europe
Oasis Flight Chartered: UK and Europe
VLL Helicopters Executive chartered: UK and Europe

Pembrey Airport is also the base hub for South Western Airways.

Former operators[edit]

Other airlines that have operated at Pembrey:

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