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New operator for Cardiff to Anglesey air service

A Manx2.com plane on the runway
Manx2 is taking over the Cardiff-Anglesey for the next seven months

An airline has begun taking new bookings for Wales' north-south air link, after being awarded the route.

Isle of Man-based Manx2.com, along with its partner carrier FLM Aviation, will resume the Cardiff-Anglesey service on Monday 10 May for seven months.

Previous operator, Highland Airways, ran the link since 2007 but went into administration last month.

A further tendering process will begin to appoint an operator for a four-year contract said the assembly government.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said the assembly government remained committed to maintaining the link which, he said, also played an important part in supporting economic development in north-west Wales.

"The Cardiff to Anglesey service has been hugely popular, with passenger numbers far exceeding our expectations," he said.

We're excited about the prospect of bringing our award-winning service and our record of reliability and punctuality to this essential community route
Noel Hayes, Manx2.com chairman

"Manx2 is an established operator with a proven track record, who already has experience of operating the service from those occasions when Highland Airways had operational difficulties. "

Noel Hayes, chairman of Manx2.com, said: "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."

The Cardiff to Anglesey air link started in May 2007, with two flights a day both ways, attracting 40,000 passengers to date.

Manx2 began offering online bookings for new flights on Friday morning, with fares starting at £39 for a one-way ticket.

The assembly government said a further tendering exercise would begin shortly at the European level to appoint an operator for a four-year contract.



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