Cardiff City he­li­port re­opens

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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.

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