Posted on: 01 May 2010 by Mark Howells
Manx2.com and its partner carrier FLM Aviation have been appointed as the new operator for the north–south air link, the Welsh Assembly Government has announced, with the Cardiff to Anglesey service resuming on Monday 10 May.
Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones commented, "This is a vital service which helps to secure economic, social and political cohesion in Wales, as well as supporting economic development in north-west Wales. I made a commitment that the Assembly Government would take action to maintain this service and we have now achieved this.
“As I have said before, the Cardiff to Anglesey service has been hugely popular, with passenger numbers far exceeding our expectations. Manx2 is an established operator with a proven track record, which already has experience of operating the service from those occasions when [previous operator] Highland Airways had operational difficulties. The Assembly Government is committed to maintaining this vital service and we look forward to working with Manx2 to build on its success.”
Noel Hayes, chairman of Manx2.com, added, “As a Celtic neighbour, Manx2.com is delighted to have been chosen to reconnect Cardiff and Anglesey. With our home base just 50 miles away across the Irish Sea, we’re excited about the prospect of bringing our award-winning service and our record of reliability and punctuality to this essential community route.”
Manx2 has been appointed to operate the service for seven months. The Welsh Assembly Government will shortly be undertaking a further tendering exercise at the European level to appoint an operator for a four-year contract.