Cardiff City heliport reopens
Cardiff City Heliport (EGFC) reopened on 1 July after an eighteen-month closure, reports Geoff Jones. Only ten minutes by taxi from Cardiff city centre, unrivalled facilities for visitors and residents include hangarage and fuel,
The original heliport opened around 1984 near the current site at Tremorfa, next to the shoreline in Cardiff’s industrial docklands. The present prestigious terminal and associated conference rooms, offices and suites opened in November 1999 and proved particularly popular with helicopter operators during major sporting events at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The heliport closed on 30 November 2014 when British International Helicopters BIH withdrew from its operating contract.
With a fifty-year lease, the reopened heliport gives a major boost for South Wales GA. The main instigators are businessman and commercial helicopter pilot Roy Steptoe, manager of Caernarvon Airport in North Wales, with business partner Hugh Evans. Roy hopes to expand heliport usage by attracting an engineering company to its hangar facilities and establishing helicopter flight training there. Part of the impetus for reopening is the expansion of the Wales Air Ambulance fleet of EC135S, with a fourth being day-based at Cardiff City Heliport on a six-month trial from September, supplementing the other three based across Wales.
Operating hours are from 0900-1800 daily, landing fees start from £25.00 and fuel is available during operating hours. Three full-time staff provide ground-handling and fuelling and the A/G frequency is 120.65. Arrivals should note that Cardiff Docks is a VRP for light aircraft inbound to Cardiff and St Athan, with this traffic operating not above 1,500ft. More information on tel: 02920 465880 or cardiffheliport.com.