Pembrey Airport boosted by Premier League interest
PREMIER League clubs' interest in Pembrey Airport has been a big boost, its owner has said.
The airport, which currently caters for military and chartered flights, has been contacted by travel planners from six Premier League clubs — including Manchester City — asking if they could use the facility when fulfilling fixtures with Swansea City.
And news of the glamorous arrival comes hot off the heels of plans for the location to feature in the next series of BBC hit crime drama Sherlock, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.
"It's a big plus for the Premier League clubs to look to come here," Mr Thomas said. "It's very good and it is something that is needed badly here.
"We are in such a good location to take in all the clubs and also their spectators as well.
"The Premier League clubs can land here and be transported very quickly to Swansea.
"It is very busy here already, with the bulk of work coming from the military and chartered flights since we opened it up two years ago.
"The only thing is we are now looking for extra support to get the finishing touches put on the runway now to get the larger airplanes in.
"Hopefully it will all come together."
Talks regarding the extension are ongoing between land owners Carmarthenshire Council and fellow leasees, the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC).
The BARC manages Pembrey Circuit on ground shared with the airport on the former RAF Pembrey Sands Spitfire fighter base.
Deputy Mayor for Burry Port and Pembrey, Andrew Phillips welcomed the news.
"There is Swansea Airport but if Pembrey Airport is the chosen destination that's great as far as I'm concerned," he said.
"I would welcome it, it's a good thing for the area, the airport and the Swans."