Maes Awyr Môn
|IATA: VLY – ICAO: EGOV|
|Location||Llanfair yn Neubwll, Isle of Anglesey|
|Elevation AMSL||37 ft / 11 m|
Anglesey Airport (Maes Awyr Môn) (IATA: VLY, ICAO: EGOV) is an airport owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. The airport is situated at Llanfair yn Neubwll on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. The leased site is part of RAF Valley, an RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks.
Plans put forward in early 2006 by the National Assembly for Wales have led to a subsidised weekday air service between the airport and Cardiff Airport, 12 miles west of the Welsh capital in the hope of improving the economy of Anglesey and North Wales in general. The twice daily service began in May 2007.
For residents of Anglesey, the air service is significantly quicker than surface transport. Gate-to-gate travel time to Cardiff is around 1 hour. However passenger usage is very low. Holyhead railway station had 237,000 passengers in 2012-2013, and even the small station near the airport Valley railway station with 17,968 annual passengers far surpassed the usage of the airport.
The passenger terminal is a single storey building consisting of a check-in desk, departure lounge and baggage handling areas as well as other visitor information areas. The terminal, completed in 2007, was designed by MAP architects and cost £1,000,000. The publicly funded building contract was given to the construction company Yorkon. The building was built off site and brought to the airport when finished. The airport will be closed during August 2016 to allow resurfacing of the runway, during this time all citywing flights will operate from the nearby RAF Mona.
Airline and destinations
operated by Van Air Europe
On 21 October 2015 the CAA suspended Links Air's operating certificate over safety concerns, stating that, "Safety is always our first priority and we will always take action when necessary to protect the travelling public." Links Air Cardiff-Anglesey service continues using aircraft operated by North Flying, Van Air Europe and DragonFly Executive Air Charter. Citywing has once again taken over operation of the route, utilising Van Air Europe aircraft.
Passenger statistics for flights to Cardiff
|Year||Destination||Passengers handled||Percentage Change|
|2007||Cardiff Airport||8,553||Airport Opens|
- Airport information for EGOV at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for EGOV at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- "Yorkon Completes £1m Off-Site Contract to Build Terminal for First Civilian Airport on Anglsey" (PDF). Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Official Record Series 2 Number 2176" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "LinksAir loses Cardiff-Anglesey airline safety licence". BBC News. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Grounded Wales airlink firm say they can still make success of the Anglesey to Cardiff route". 7 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.