Linksair new operator of Welsh Government North – South air service.

Linksair Jetstream 31 G-JIBO at Cardiff Airport. ©2014 Phil Woods

Linksair Jetstream 31 G-JIBO at Cardiff Airport.
©2014 Phil Woods

Linksair awarded North-South Wales air service until 2018

UK regional airline, Linksair, has been awarded the new four-year contract to operate the North-South Wales air service between Cardiff-Wales Airport and Anglesey Airport (RAF Valley), announced by Edwina Hart, Transport Minister for the Welsh Government today.

LinksAir in continuing its expansion will operate two daily return flights but at new times to allow for a longer working day at both destinations. The new contract commencing on 10th December 2014 will run until December 2018.

Mrs Hart said: “I am committed to improving business connectivity throughout Wales to promote economic growth. This service does that and creates more tourism opportunities by greatly reducing journey times between north-west Wales and Cardiff. I am also pleased that we have managed to reduce the cost to the taxpayer on this contract.

Our research shows that the majority of passengers are using the service for business and they use it because it saves time. We have responded to their feedback by providing a later return flight in this new contract to allow more time for business. The service has also proved popular for leisure and tourism and I hope the new flexible ticket options will encourage more of these passengers.”

LinksAir which recently announced its move to Robin-Hood Airport to allow BAe systems to establish a £5m training centre at Humberside Airport, will also add new Cardiff connections to this service that joins the Energy Island of Anglesey and North-Wales to the countries aviation hub at Cardiff and the South of Wales, in Spring 2015, and are evaluating these and will also deliver a fresh new marketing campaign to increase passengers on this vital economic Wales air link.

Initially the schedule will offer an 0740 & 1625 departure from Cardiff to Anglesey on Monday to Thursday, with an 0740 & 1525 on Fridays, arriving at 0835 and 1720 (1620 Fridays). The return service will now leave Anglesey at 0855 and 1740 on weekdays (1640 on Fridays) arriving Cardiff at 0950 & 1835 (1735 Fridays).

In Spring 2015 Linksair will introduce an earlier 0725 Cardiff departure arriving Anglesey 0820, returning at 0840 and arriving into Cardiff 0935, which combined with the later afternoon departure will off an extra 35-minutes a day.

Linksair Commercial Manager, Roger Hage, added “We at Linksair are delighted to have been appointed by the Welsh Government to now both operate and sell this vital economic Wales air link from allowing us to add a combination of low fares, flexibility in booking, quality service and new routes in the new year to add to the Cardiff to Anglesey (RAF Valley) service with its Island Energy and leisure importance. We are delighted to be adding this service to our scheduled network including Doncaster-Sheffield to Belfast and the Isle of Man and to adding in the coming weeks employment of additional crews, engineers, reservations and customer service staff, all supporting the value of this service and extra services to be added to the Wales and Yorkshire economies”

The North South Wales air service was established in 2007. Linksair have been the aircraft operator on behalf of Citywing for the past two years however now take over the route in full, with effect of 10th December. Fares from £19.00 one-way will be available, with baggage charges of just £5.00 available and flight changes available. These add to Linksair’s Robin-Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport services to both Belfast City and the Isle of Man Airports alongside other charter and contract flying commitments at the growing regional airline.

Flights will be available to book from today at www.linksair.com or via 0844 8002411 or via your local travel agent on all GDS systems later this week.

Ends.

Linksair Jetstream-31 departing Cardiff Wales Airport bound for Anglesey, plus images of Cardiff Airport terminal front and Anglesey Airport.

Below. Notes to Editors and schedule

Notes to Editors about LinksAir:

  • LinksAir is a Humberside Airport, North Lincolnshire, based UK regional airline, moving to Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport by the New Year.

  • LinksAir was established in 2007 and remains a privately owned airline as a UK CAA AOC holder GB1091

  • LinksAir has established aircraft and crew bases currently at Cardiff Airport, ,Robin-Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport and Humberside Airport

  • LinksAir operate a fleet of UK BAe (British Aerospace) manufactured Jetstream 31 turbo-prop aircraft

  • LinksAir has a well established reputation as a charter and ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, maintenance & Insurance) operator both on behalf of international charter brokers, corporate clients, government bodies & sport teams in addition to operating on behalf of other airlines and ticketing agents/sellers.

  • The airline already operates schedule services from Robin Hood Airport to Belfast City and he Isle of Man Airports alongside Cardiff-Anglesey in partnership with Citywing.

  • The Cardiff Wales Airport to Anglesey Airport (RAF Valley) service is a public service obligation route (PSO) specified and awarded by the Welsh Minister for the Welsh Government. The route is supported by funding of circa £1m annually to offset some of the operating costs following a competitive EU-wide tender process during 2014.

  • The Cardiff-Anglesey route has been awarded solely to Linksair, to be operated from 10th December 2014 to 9th December 2018.

  • Further details can be obtained at http://www.linksair.co.uk / www.linksair.com

The initial operating schedule between Cardiff-Wales Airport and Anglesey Airport (RAF Valley) from 10th December 2014 to Spring 2015 (date t.b.c.) is:

Cardiff International –RAF Valley (Anglesey)
Flight Number Depart Time Arrival Time M T W T F S S
LNQ 230 / W2 2330 0740 0835

LNQ 234 / W2 2334 1525 1620

LNQ 236 / W2 2336 1625 1720

RAF Valley (Anglesey)-Cardiff International
Flight Number Depart Time Arrival Time M T W T F S S
LNQ 231 / W2 2331 0855 0950

LNQ 235 / W2 2335 1640 1735

LNQ 237 / W2 2337 1740 1835

Schedule subject to changes – Bank holiday variations may apply.

Key:

1 Does not operate between 22nd December 2014 to 2nd January 2015 inclusive

Also refer to Welsh Government release including in Welsh Language.

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