Anglesey Airport

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Anglesey Airport

Maes Awyr Môn

RAF Valley
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Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorOperon
ServesAnglesey
Gwynedd
LocationLlanfair yn Neubwll, Isle of Anglesey
Elevation AMSL37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates53°14′53″N 004°32′07″W / 53.24806°N 4.53528°W / 53.24806; -4.53528Coordinates: 53°14′53″N 004°32′07″W / 53.24806°N 4.53528°W / 53.24806; -4.53528
WebsiteAnglesey Airport
Map
EGOV is located in Anglesey
EGOV
EGOV
Location of airport in Anglesey
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 1,639 5,377 Asphalt
08/26 1,280 4,200 Asphalt
14/32 2,290 7,513 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

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.

History[edit]

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.[3] 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's principal stakeholders are RAF Valley, The Senedd, the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Cardiff Airport.

In March 2018, flights between Anglesey Airport and Cardiff Airport were suspended due to a Hawk aircraft from the Red Arrows crashing onto the runway. Domestic flights were being diverted to Hawarden Airport in Flintshire with coaches transporting passengers between Valley and Hawarden.[4]

Airline and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Flybe Cardiff

On 13 March 2017 the service was taken over by Eastern Airways using a Jetstream 41 operating under the Flybe franchise.[5]

The previous service between Anglesey Cardiff was operated by Links Air. On 21 October 2015 the CAA suspended Links Air's operating certificate[6] over safety concerns, stating that, "Safety is always our first priority and we will always take action when necessary to protect the travelling public."

Statistics[edit]

Passenger numbers for flights to Cardiff from Anglesey Airport
Year Destination Passengers handled Percentage Change
2007 Cardiff Airport 8,553 Steady Airport Opens
2008 Cardiff Airport 13,471 Increase 58%
2009 Cardiff Airport 11,846 Decrease 12%
2010 Cardiff Airport 7,816 Decrease 34%
2011 Cardiff Airport 9,605 Increase 13%
2012 Cardiff Airport 8,594 Decrease 11%
2013 Cardiff Airport 8,540 Decrease <1%
2014 Cardiff Airport 8,786 Increase 3%
2015 Cardiff Airport 10,860 Increase 24%
2016 Cardiff Airport 9,187 Decrease 15%
2017 Cardiff Airport 13,045 Increase 42%

Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority 2008 2009 2010 201120122013 2014 2015 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for EGOV at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for EGOV at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Yorkon Completes £1m Off-Site Contract to Build Terminal for First Civilian Airport on Anglsey" (PDF). Retrieved 25 June 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Fatal Red Arrows crash inquiry continues". BBC News. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Eastern Airways Flybe Franchise". Eastern Airways website.
  6. ^ "Official Record Series 2 Number 2176" (PDF). United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.

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