Council helps airport expansion to get off the ground

Council chiefs in Carmarthenshire are working to help the expansion of Pembrey Airport, near Llanelli.

Owner Winston Thomas has plans to extend the service and offer flights to London and Dublin from the site.

However, problems with the current runway need to be resolved before the proposals can progress.

Officers from the council’s corporate property and regeneration department are now working with Mr Thomas and his team in a bid to resolve the difficulties.

They are looking at ways of accessing grants and supporting a business plan for the development.

Meetings are also planned for next month with neighbouring landowners including the Ministry of Defence and Forest Enterprise to look at ways of overcoming access issues across the runway.

One of the proposed solutions is the building of a diverted route around the airfield which would be funded as part of the airport business plan.

Head of Corporate Property Jonathan Fearn said: We have held initial meetings with the beneficiaries of the rights of way.  It is hoped that when all the parties fully understand each other’s requirements and work together, we will be able to secure a long-term solution to benefit the airport and therefore the wider area.

Regeneration executive board member Councillor Clive Scourfield said: “We are working closely with Mr Thomas and his team to resolve a number of issues which need to be overcome before any development can proceed.

Pembrey Airport is an important asset to Carmarthenshire and we are providing them with as much assistance as possible to secure future development at the site.”

Pembrey Airport opened in August 1997 and was awarded Airfield of the Year by Flyer magazine in 2000.