UK regional airline, Linksair, who commenced the operation and ticket sales for the Intra-Wales Cardiff – Anglesey Air Service in December 2014, report a significant and above expectation growth in passenger numbers of over 40% in the first half of 2015.
Operating the twice-daily air-service, between January and June 2015, Linksair have already carried 6022 passengers which represent a 42.5% increase on the former ticket seller, Citywing, who flew albeit on a Linksair aircraft as the contracted aircraft provider a total of 4226. This now represents an average load factor or seats occupied figure of 70% so far in 2015, over 20% up on 2014 figures.
Linksair have also delivered outstanding punctuality of almost 99% of services on-time which again demonstrates the reliability and value of the service in connecting the North and South of Wales for business or leisure.
Commenting on the figures, Roger Hage, Linksair Commercial Manager said “At Linksair we are delighted to have demonstrated such considerable growth on behalf of the Welsh Government who having awarded us this four-year contract to restore this service and deliver increased value for money to the Government, we are now carrying over 1100 passengers per month on average and revising out yearly forecast to reach around 12,000 passengers, almost 50% up on 2014 figures.
|Month||2014 Carried Citywing||Load factor (% seats occupied)||2015 carried Linksair||Load factor (% seats occupied)||Increase in passengers||% growth 2015 V 2014|
All statistics as per CAA reported passengers by airports and airline www.caa.co.uk
This clearly demonstrates the importance and demand for this publically supported service and highlights the very positive and progressive approach we have taken to improving the value for money offered. We have already over 1100 booked for July and expect this to reach 1150 again, following carrying 1144 in June, some 315 up on 2014. This we feel clearly refutes the concerns raised by the report completed in January of this year for the government and reported without considering the developments since publication earlier this week by a number of organisations and shows the Cardiff Airport based service is growing again for the first time since 2009.”
The North-South air service is as a result one of the fastest growing routes operating from Cardiff Airport where the aircraft and crews are based. The northbound service leaves Cardiff daily on weekdays at 7.40AM and 4.25PM (3.25PM on Fridays), with return flights leaving Anglesey Airport (RAF Valley) at 8.55AM and 5.40PM (4.40PM Fridays) for the 55-minute flight. Bookings can be made at www.linksair.co.ukor via travel agents. Car hire discounts of up to 20% can also be made with Europcar.