2 NOVEMBER 2009
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HIGHLAND AIRWAYS twice daily air link between Cardiff and Anglesey is to be extended for a further four years. Called a PSO (public service obligation) route it is subsidised by the Welsh Assembly Government. Currently flown by a Jetstream 31 it is required to be put out to tender with the incumbent operator a clear favourite to retain the operation although a larger (29 minimum seats against 18) will be mandatory. Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “Demand for this service has far exceeded our expectations and clearly demonstrates that it provides a valuable new way of linking up Wales.” In the first two years of operation over 28,900 passengers used the service with many flights fully booked. In a survey around one-third of the passengers questioned had experienced difficulties in booking seats due to the lack of capacity. www.highlandairways.co.uk
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