Over £1m of tax payer's money is spent a year on subsidising the air service between Cardiff and Anglesey but a report publishd today says if the service is to continue it needs to be marketed better to improve passenger numbers.
The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee report comes ahead of a decision by the Welsh Government on whether the service should continue.
The service has been running twice daily weekday flights since 2007 and and without a £1.2m subsidy “would not otherwise be commercially viable” says the report.
The report says passenger rates have fallen by 43% since their peak in 2008-09 and poor marketing is to blame.
While initially successful, the committee would like to see this improved, in order to once again maximise value for money, such as promoting the available connecting bus service and flights to other destinations.
The committee says its also concerned the service is under performing when it comes to providing value for money for the Welsh taxpayer and says the Welsh Government should in future ask for a "comprehensive marketing programme" to be undertaken by a successful bidder.
Rapper and actor Ashley Walters, also known as Asher D of So Solid Crew, was ordered to pay nearly £1,500 on a cannabis rap after being stopped at an airport on Anglesey.
Walters, has appeared in The Bill, Grange Hill and starred in the Channel 4 drama Top Boy.
He appeared before magistrates at Holyhead, Anglesey, and admitted possessing cannabis at the island’s airport at Valley.
Walters, of Hackney, London, was filming Take Down at nearby South Stack last month - the court heard the 32-year-old was arrested on June 17 as he prepared to board a flight to Cardiff.
A former deputy headteacher has been struck off the teaching register, after a tribunal ruled he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy from another school.
Meirion Owen Williams was deputy head of Ysgol y Borth, a primary school on Anglesey, when the relationship went on for six months in 2003, the General Teaching Council for Wales hearing heard.
The GTCW panel today ruled his behaviour amounted to unacceptable professional conduct, and banned him from teaching for life.
Education Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the news that education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have been brought out of special measures, while Powys has also been judged to have made progress.
I’m pleased to see that two local authorities have come out of special measures today and one out of significant improvement.
They’ve made positive progress and have improved, but they all must now work hard to ensure their improvements are sustainable to provide the best education possible for young people in their areas.
We’ve put in place an ambitious agenda to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales – we owe our learners nothing less than the best.
Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements in how they run their schools.
Pembrokeshire Council has been criticised over its safeguarding of children, but Estyn judged it to have made 'excellent progress' in that area, part of 'sufficient progress' generally.
It said: "'Since October 2012 the authority has made excellent progress to transform arrangements for safeguarding in all its education services and schools."
Council leader James Adams welcomed the news as a significant milestone for the authority.
On Anglesey, the watchdog says, since an inspection in May 2012, "significant change and improvement have taken place over a comparatively short period, within the schools service and corporately."
Estyn has also released a report on the local education authority in Powys today, which was not in special measures but had been labelled as 'in need of significant improvement'.
After follow-up monitoring, it has been judged to have made 'sufficient progress', through significant changes, a collaboration with Ceredigion, and improved transparency.
There are now four remaining local education authorities in special measures: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.
The status is used by Estyn when it considers schools fail to supply an acceptable level of education, and appear to lack the ability to approve.
Two missing divers who sparked an air and sea search this morning have been found safe and well, Holyhead Coastguard has told ITV News.
A search is underway off the Anglesey coast after two divers were reported missing.
The men were part of a diving party off South Stack, Holyhead. The coastguard was called at around 11.30am.
An RAF helicopter and lifeboats from Holyhead and Trearddur Bay are all part of the search covering 27 square miles.
The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken publicly for the first time about how she felt on edge when Prince William was a pilot based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.
"I loved my time in Anglesey when William was serving with RAF Search and Rescue. I cannot pretend that I didn't feel anxious at times when William was on shift in howling gales, knowing that he was out flying in extremely challenging conditions, but he loved doing it and I always felt incredibly proud of him. I also knew that I was not alone and that there were many supportive Search and Rescue wives on Anglesey and at other bases across the country."
Her comments are part of a foreword to a book by three former RAF wives about what it's like to be a serving pilot's other half.
Businesses, shoppers and residents in Holyhead are being asked whether they want to allow cars back onto the high street. The street was first pedestrianised in the 1990s.
But now there are calls to allow vehicles onto Holyhead's Market Street - in order to give shops a boost - during difficult economic times.
Rob Shelley reports.
Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia say a walker was 'very lucky' to escape serious injury after falling 50ft on the 3,000ft peak of Tryfan.
The man in his 30s was descending the mountain when he fell down a steep slope and ended up unconscious in a stream, where he later came round.
18 members of Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team and an RAF helicopter from Anglesey were called out to assist.
The man was winched off the peak and flown to hospital in Bangor with head and possible back injuries.