Pembrey West Wales International Airport
Maes Awyr Pen-Bre
|Owner||Cpt Winston Thomas MBE|
|Serves||Llanelli, South/West/Mid/North Wales|
|Location||Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, Wales|
|Elevation AMSL||15 ft / 5 m|
Pembrey West Wales International Airport (Welsh: Maes Awyr Pen-Bre) (ICAO: EGFP) is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) west northwest of Llanelli (9 NM (17 km; 10 mi) south of Carmarthen) in Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, in Wales. Pembrey has one Hard Runway designated as 22LH/C and 04RH/C.
Pembrey airport is 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.
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. 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.
There were plans (2010) to lengthen the runway and lighting arrays to allow larger commercial aircraft to land.
Airlines and 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.
Other airlines that have operated at Pembrey:
- Air Wales
- Air Independence
- Air Winton (UK)