New Jobs Take off at Ex-Airfield

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Byline: ERYL CRUMP Business Correspondent

BUSINESS Minister Edwina Hart heard first hand how the new owners of a North Wales airfield are already creating opportunities for the region's economy.

To date eight businesses have moved on site at Llanbedr Airfield near Harlech employing more than 30 people between them and Llanbedr Airfield Estates say they are in talks with other potential customers.

During her visit last week Mrs Hart met Lee Paul, David Young and Charlie Mondahl from Llanbedr Estates who discussed their plans for the regeneration of aviation and business related activities.

Llanbedr Estates has a long lease on the site which it wants to turn into a dismantling yard for airliners as large as Boeing 747s which are incapable of being returned to active use as well as aircraft maintenance.

The planes would be flown into 1the site for dismantling and 60 jobs would be created.

The company also wants to carry out research and development for the testing, evaluation and development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Speaking after the visit the Minister said: "Our overriding aim when selling the airfield was that it became an asset that could help create local jobs, support the community and boost the local economy. …