Anglesey Cardiff Flights Extension to 2014
by Ann Marie
Flights between Anglesey and Cardiff airports look set for a boost with a new three year contract to run from 2010 to 2014, according to the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).
Given that demand for tickets has greatly exceeded early expectations since the service between RAF Valley and Cardiff International Airport started two years ago, larger planes are also being proposed.
Current operator Highland Airways runs a twice daily, weekly service between Anglesey Airport and Cardiff International with capacity of only 18 seats.
It is understood that the new tender will include provision for at least 29 passengers with effect from May 2010. The current operator is already considering upgrading the planes it uses in advance of the new tendering process.
Clearly, the Anglesey Cardiff flight provides a valuable service by linking the north and south of Wales, and offers a great facility for both business and leisure passengers.
The hourly flight between RAF Valley and Cardiff compares favourably with approximately five hours by either car or train.
Companies can look to doing business efficiently in one day rather than the option of an overnight stay on the island or in Cardiff. This can contribute a welcome efficiency boost for the Welsh economy.
It is not at all surprising that almost 29,000 passengers used the service in the first twelve month period.
Looking ahead, ticket prices under the next three year contract are likely to have a maximum price of about £56 including Air Passenger Duty.
The maximum ticket price is expected to apply to around three quarters of the tickets allocated. This would then give the new operator the flexibility to price the remaining 25% of tickets.
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