Fight to get the little-known UK airport to reopen to passenger flights despite its license being suspended

A UK airport is hoping to reopen to passenger flights this year – but has already encountered problems.

In January, Swan Lake The airport confirmed plans to operate new UK routes for the first time in almost 20 years.

Swansea Airport has encountered problems before restarting flights in the UK


Swansea Airport has encountered problems before restarting flights in the UKPhoto credit: Swansea Airport

The new flights would operate from Swansea to Exeter Airport.

However, the airport’s takeoff was halted after its license was suspended over safety concerns.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the concerns stemmed from a “systemic safety management failure”.

A CAA spokesman said: “Swan LakeThe aerodrome license remains on hold to allow the management team time to further develop and implement corrective actions that we are satisfied with.”

Swan Lake The city council has since announced that it will reconsider the reopening of the airport.

They said: “In light of recent events, the Council is now reviewing its legal position and officials will update the Cabinet in April.”

The airport has only two terminals and two hangars, with earlier flights to Ireland, London, Jersey and Amsterdam with Air Wales.

The new flights had hoped to launch in March 2023 for the first time since 2004.

The website states: “Line service is back! Swan Lake The airport is pleased to announce that scheduled services will resume from Swan Lake airport this year.

“At the end of March service between Exeter and Swan Lakethe airport’s Exeter link provides onward connections to airports across the UK, as well as to the Channel Islands, Ireland and Spain.

“This is the first step in a long-planned improvement plan for the airport, which envisages that more infrastructure and services will return to the airport over the course of the year.”

There is better news elsewhere in the UK with a different airport Reopening with new flights to Europe this summer.

Lydd Airport, also known as London Ashford Airport, ceased scheduled flights operated by LyddAir back in 2018.

However, it has been confirmed that flights to destinations such as Le Touquet in France will be operating again this year, while other holiday hotspots are yet to be announced.

And Plymouth Airport is hoping to reopen after being closed for more than a decade.

The airport first announced plans to reopen in January


The airport first announced plans to reopen in JanuaryCredit: Alamy

Andrew Schnitker

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