St. Athan Airport is near to Cardiff and based in Vale of Glamorgan. After serving eighty years as a military aerodrome of RAF (Royal Air Force), St. Athan became civilian aerodrome in 2019.
By 1 April 2020 both Air Traffic Control (Tower Control) and Engineering services will be provided by NATS.
Furthermore, St. Athan will join 13 other airports where Nats is on control. Previous operator was Cardiff Airport and Ceri Mashlan, Director of Operations at Cardiff Airport, said: “Whilst these are difficult times, we are really pleased to welcome NATS to the St. Athan airfield as part of their 10-year contact with Cardiff Airport. St. Athan is key to our diverse airport business, and we are delighted that NATS will be providing their operational excellence and expertise to both our passenger operation and now the St. Athan aerodrome.”
Guy Adams, NATS Commercial Director said: “These may be challenging times for the aviation industry, but we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the St. Athan tower and engineering teams into the NATS family and to be working with Cardiff Airport and the Welsh Government to support their aspirations for the airport going forward.”
Aidan Cottee is the NATS General Manager at Cardiff Airport & Aberporth Ranges and will now also take responsibility for the St. Athan operation. He added: “We’ve been working towards this transition for several months and it’s clear to me that the team of controllers and engineers are all dedicated professionals committed to offering pilots the best possible service.”
St. Athan airfield is popular among general aviation pilots. Moreover, it is the base of air squadron of University of Wales. Now as a civilian airfield, it forms part of the Bro Tathan Business Park, a flagship development project for the Welsh Government designed to attract high quality employment to the area.
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