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Links Air

Links Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
W2 LNQ FASTLINK
Founded 09 August 1983
Operating bases
Fleet size 3
Headquarters Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Finningley, United Kingdom[1]
Key people
  • Jonathan Gordon
  • Roy Ibbotson
Website linksair.co.uk

Links Air is a British travel company selling and operating scheduled regional flights as well as charter services. It formerly operated scheduled flights out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport[2] and public service obligation flights in Wales from Cardiff to Anglesey on behalf of the Welsh Government.

History

The airline began operating under its own name on scheduled flights in April 2014, after previously operating on behalf of Varsity Express and Citywing. For 2015, Norwich was added as a destination from Cardiff before being dropped after less than 2 months, while Belfast flights were cancelled and Isle of Man flights ceased operating on Sunday 14 June.[3]

Until October 2015, the airline held a Type B operating licence issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), authorising the company to operate flights with fewer than 20 passengers and/or weighing less than 10 tonnes, which were operated by its three British Aerospace Jetstream 31 aircraft.[4]

On 21 October 2015 the CAA revoked the airline's operating certificate over safety concerns, stating that, "Safety is always our first priority and we will always take action when necessary to protect the travelling public."[5] The Cardiff-Anglesey route has been taken over by North Flying on behalf of Links Air on short notice.[6]

Destinations

Linksair BAe Jetstream 31
Wales
England
Isle of Man
Northern Ireland

Fleet

Links Air fleet
Aircraft Total Seats Notes
BAe Jetstream 31 3 19 2 in use, 1 crash damaged.

Accidents and Incidents

  • On 8 March 2012, a BAe Jetstream 31 of Links Air, operating Manx2 Flight 302 from Leeds-Bradford Airport, United Kingdom to Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man, departed the runway on landing at Ronaldsway. The aircraft was substantially damaged when the starboard undercarriage collapsed due to corrosion-induced cracking. There were no injuries amongst the twelve passengers and two crew.[7]
  • On 15 August 2014, the aircraft involved in the 2012 accident was damaged at Doncaster-Sheffield airport on a flight from Belfast following the failure of the port undercarriage.[7][8][9] One passenger was taken to hospital for treatment and the airport was shut until the next day.

References

  1. ^ http://www.linksair.co.uk/contacts/
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  3. ^ http://www.linksair.co.uk/
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  6. ^ linksair.co.uk - "North Flying is temporarily operating the Cardiff - Anglesey route on behalf of Links Air." retrieved 25 October 2015
  7. ^ a b Accident description for Jetstream 31 G-CCPW at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 January 2015.
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  9. ^ Accident description for Jetstream 31 G-GAVA at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 January 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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