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Anglesey Airport (Maes Awyr Môn or RAF Valleymarker) is an airport owned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council on land leased from Defence Estates. The airport is situated at Llanfair yn Neubwllmarker on the Isle of Angleseymarker, Walesmarker. The leased site is part of RAF Valleymarker, an RAF station teaching RAF pilots using BAE Hawks. The Airport is operated on the County Council's behalf by Operon.

Plans put forward in early 2006 by the National Assembly for Wales have led to a subsidised weekday air service between the airport and Cardiff Airportmarker, 12 miles west of the Welsh capital in the hope of improving the economy of Anglesey and North Walesmarker in general. The twice daily service operated by Highland Airways began in May 2007. Flights to Dublinmarker, Londonmarker and Amsterdammarker are being discussed. The service - subsidised under the European Commissionmarker's Public Service Obligation (PSO) scheme to connect remote communities with urban centres - is controversial; opponents argue that the public funding should have been invested in better rail links between North Wales and the capital. According to Wales Air Network - a single issue pressure group for Welsh air infrastructure - not only did Welsh Assembly Government funding for the airport amount to the largest investment ever by WAG in air transport but that it may have prevented Wales from having a direct link from its capital to New York and other global centres.

For residents of Anglesey the air service is significantly quicker than surface transport. The flight time is around 40-45 minutes.

The new terminal was designed by MAP architects and is worth £1,000,000, with the publicly funded building contract having been given to the construction company Yorkon. The building was built off site and brought to the airport when finished. The new terminal is a single storey building consisting of a check-in desk, departure lounge and baggage handling areas as well as other visitor information areas.

The airport's principal stakeholders are

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