Air traffic control at St Athan Airport taken over by NATS

The air traffic control at St Athan Airport, which became a civilian aerodrome in 2019 and is operated by Cardiff Airport, will now be provided by NATS.

Air traffic control at St Athan Airport taken over by NATS

Credit: NATS

Both the air traffic control (ATC) tower and air traffic engineering teams at St Athan Airport (DXG) have transferred from the previous provider to NATS – the main air navigation service provider (ANSP) in the UK – joining 13 other UK airports where NATS provides the air traffic service.

Based in the Vale of Glamorgan near Cardiff, St Athan became a civilian aerodrome in 2019 after more than 80 years as an RAF base, and is now operated by Cardiff Airport (CWL) and owned by the Welsh government.

Director of Operations at Cardiff Airport, Ceri Mashlan, said: “Whilst these are difficult times, we are really pleased to welcome NATS to the St Athan airfield as part of their 10 year contact with Cardiff Airport. St Athan is key to our diverse airport business, and we are delighted that NATS will be providing their operational excellence and expertise to both our passenger operation and now the St Athan aerodrome.”

The St Athan airfield is popular with general aviation pilots and is the home of the University of Wales Air Squadron, flying Air Training Corps cadets, a training school and a number of aircraft engineering and maintenance services. As a civil airfield, it now forms part of the Bro Tathan Business Park, a flagship development project for the Welsh government, designed to attract high quality employment to the area.

Guy Adams, NATS Commercial Director, said: “These may be challenging times for the aviation industry, but we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming the St Athan tower and engineering teams into the NATS family, and to be working with Cardiff Airport and the Welsh government to support their aspirations for the airport going forward.”

Aidan Cottee, the NATS General Manager at Cardiff Airport and Aberporth Ranges, will now also take responsibility for the St Athan operation. He said: “We’ve been working towards this transition for several months, and it’s clear to me that the team of controllers and engineers are all dedicated professionals committed to offering pilots the best possible service.”

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