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Cardiff-Anglesey flight set to continue and could be expanded

Eastern Airways took over operation of the flight in March this year. Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Flights between Cardiff and Anglesey are set to continue long term and ways of expanding the service are being looked at, says the First Minister.

The route, which allows passengers to get from south to north in under an hour, is subsidised by the Welsh Government and was reviewed last year. Carwyn Jones says the review found that while the route had had difficulties in the past, the speed convenience it provided it was a vital for the Welsh economy.

The review recommended not only retaining the air link, but also helping it to grow. We are now looking at how the scope of the route can be expanded over the next four years and beyond, to help boost the Welsh economy.

The competitive procurement of a long-term operator will begin in the next few months. In the meantime, the current operator, Eastern Airways, will continue to deliver the service, ensuring there is no disruption for passengers

– First Minister Carwyn Jones

The Welsh Government's subsidy amounted to £1,094,216.39 during the 2015/16.