Anglesey Airport (Maes Awyr Môn) is a civil-military airport located at Llanfair yn Neubwll on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. It is owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, with the leased site being part of RAF Valley, a RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks. Its principal stakeholders are RAF Valley, the Welsh Assembly, the Isle of Anglesey County Council, and Cardiff Airport. The airport serves Anglesey and Gwynedd. Island residents consider air transit as a faster alternative than surface transport, with gate-to-gate travel time between the island and Cardiff just around one hour. Despite this, passenger usage is very low.
The airport has a single-storey building that serves as passenger terminal, which is comprised of a check-in desk, departure lounge, and baggage handling areas as well as other visitor information areas.
What to see & do
The small island of Anglesey is located off the northwest coast of Wales. It is connected to the mainland via two bridges that span the Menai Strait: the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge. The island is among other smaller islands like Gwynedd and Holy Island that comprise the Isle of Anglesey County. Approximately three quarters of its inhabitants are Welsh speakers, while Ynys Môn is used for the UK Parliament and National Assembly constituencies.
Devour the beauty of this quaint island by visiting its fascinating tourist attractions. There’s the 13th-century built Beaumaris Castle, located in an untouched town on the Isle of Anglesey. At present, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is part of the Castles of King Edward I. Stroll along the Plas Newydd marquis of Anglesey's House and estate, which has stunning views across the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia. Watch hundreds of beautiful butterflies flutter within Pili Palas (Butterfly Palace), made of a tropical environment that serves as home to butterflies, some of which are as large as six inches across the wing. See an exhibition of living sealife from around the coast of Anglesey at Anglesey Sea Zoo.
How to get around Anglesey
The island of Anglesey is connected by road from Holyhead to the mainland by the A55 which leads to Chester. The A5 also runs from the east of the island (Llanfairpwllgwyngyll) to Bangor and as far as St Albans via the Menai Bridge. Additionally, A5025 and the A4080 runs around the southern edge form a ring around the island. One can also navigate around the island by taking the train. There are six railway stations in Anglesey: Holyhead, Valley, Rhosneigr, Ty Croes, Bodorgan, and Llanfairpwll – all of which are located on the North Wales Coast Line and which services are operated by Virgin Trains to London Euston, and by Arriva Trains Wales to Chester, Manchester Piccadilly, Birmingham New Street, and Cardiff Central. Also, Holyhead Port, a ferry port that handles more than two million passengers each year, is served by Stena Line and Irish Ferries from Dublin, and Dún Laoghaire in Ireland – which forms the main link for surface transport from central and northern England and Wales to Ireland.
How to get there
Links Air operates at Anglesey Airport. It offers domestic flights to and from Cardiff in Wales. Besides flying in, Anglesey is also accessible by train and car from the mainland of Wales, as well as by high speed ferry from Dublin. Manx2 also operates daily air service to Anglesey Airport from Cardiff. Those who are coming in from overseas can arrange connecting flights to Cardiff and then take an alternative means of transport to reach the island. In addition, Holyhead’s status as an international ferry terminal means that it is served by long-distance express coaches from across the UK.