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Conservatives call for resumption of flights between Anglesey and Cardiff Airport

19 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Eastern Airways BAE Jetstream. Photo by cvtperson, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Welsh Conservatives are putting pressure on the Welsh Government to reinstate the flights between Anglesey and Cardiff Airport.

The service ran twice a week between RAF Valley and Cardiff until it was suspended by Eastern Airways in March 2020 “due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and Government instruction for essential travel only”.

Welsh Conservatives leader, Andrew RT Davies claims that figures show that almost £2.2m has been provided to the airline for staffing costs and facilities since April 2020.

According to the Daily Post, Mr Davies said: “Years of Labour ministers’ mismanagement of Cardiff Airport has seen a dramatic decline in passenger numbers and its value fall to less than a third of what the Labour Government paid for it.

“The flightpath between Cardiff and Anglesey provides a link between the north and south of the country, attracting investment and boosting the economy.

“It is, therefore, vital that the Labour Government reinstates this flightpath to ease the burden on taxpayers and get Wales moving or confirm what their plans are for its future.

“While it is important to keep Cardiff Airport open for business, hardworking Welsh taxpayers will be concerned that they are not getting good value for their money while this flightpath remains closed.”

Value for money

Since the service commenced in 2007 the RAF has allowed two flights to operate out of Anglesey from Monday to Friday. Eastern Airways took over the subsidised route in March 2017, resulting in growth of around 40% in passengers.

While some welcomed the air route link from the island to the Welsh capital, the Welsh Conservatives raised concerns over the value for money for taxpayers while the Welsh Liberal Democrats argued that this money should go into train services.

In 2019 Eastern Airways was awarded a Public Service Obligation (PSO) deal until February 2023. A public service obligation route links a remote part of the country to a capital city.

A PSO air route is justified if the journey by road or train is more than four hours and if there is no suitable public transport that takes less than four hours.

This applies in the case of Anglesey and Cardiff as journeys by road or rail takes about five hours and have no direct link.

The route has carried about 14,000 passengers per year, linking the north of Wales to the south of the country.


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KC Gordon
KC Gordon
7 months ago

14,000 passengers per year! – I don’t think so – at two flights a day for five days a week thats about 27 passengers/trip – it’s a flying minibus not an Airbus!

Richard
Richard
7 months ago

Are these the same folk who are always knocking Cardiff Airport ?

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
7 months ago

I seem to recall they were always against it.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

One broken law of gravity for the Tories and the A470 or train ride via England for the rest of us…

G Horton-Jones
G Horton-Jones
7 months ago

All flights in the UK are controlled by. the CAA based in England
Don’t ask me why Bristol always has priority over Cardiff which has a better runway facility etc etc
Its HS2 with wings

Phil
Phil
7 months ago

Ah! Yes ..I remember.. wasn’t it dubbed ‘IeuanAir’?

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago
Reply to  Phil

… by the Tories, who I recall were always against it ! Now they want it back. Have they received a donation from somewhere, or would it help those Tory A.M’s up north bump up their expenses ? Time to write off the idea of pumping more money into this black hole. Divert funds into investment in modes of transport that really add value.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
7 months ago

Green policies should include the use of rail over flying. If the Welsh Railway system had been inmproved over the year this flight would not even be considered.
I hope this flight for the few does not return.

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
7 months ago

Yes it does seem contradictory from the Welsh Conservatives who were opposed to the initial idea of The Cardiff Ynys Mon airlink.However I would like to see this return as you can say goodbye to any improved Road links between North and South with this present Senedd Government plus there is absolutely nothing on The horizon about reopening The Carmarthen to Aberystwyth Railway line.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
7 months ago

The Welsh Govt just own the airport. Another company actually run it. Try asking them, Fatty.

If I buy faulty goods from Sports Direct, I complain to the shop, not to Mike Ashley directly.

Fatty should try playing the ball, not the man.

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