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Hawarden Airport

Hawarden Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Airbus UK
Serves Chester
Location Hawarden, Flintshire
Elevation AMSL 45 ft / 14 m

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Hawarden Airport (IATA: CEGICAO: EGNR), is an airport near Hawarden in Flintshire, Wales, near the border with England and Script error: No such module "convert". west southwest of the English city of Chester.

Aviation Park Group (APG) is based at the airport and provides handling and related services to private clients. APG has a longterm tenancy agreement with Airbus UK, giving sole handling rights at the site.[3]

A large Airbus factory, which produces aircraft wings, is located at the airport. The factory is known as the Broughton factory, named after the nearest village.

Hawarden Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P786) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (Airbus UK Limited).[4]


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RAF Hawarden in World War II viewed from north-north-west

The aircraft factory at Broughton was established early in the Second World War as a shadow factory for Vickers-Armstrongs Limited. The factory produced 5,540 Vickers Wellingtons and 235 Avro Lancasters. Post-war the factory was used by Vickers to build 28,000 aluminium prefab bungalows. Despite the name, the airport is located in Broughton and not Hawarden.

The RAF's No. 48 Maintenance Unit was formed at Hawarden on 1 September 1939 and until 1 July 1957 stored, maintained and scrapped many thousands of military aircraft, including the Handley Page Halifax, Wellingtons, Horsa gliders and de Havilland Mosquitoes. It was on the northwest portion of the airfield.

No. 3 Ferry Pilots Pool/Ferry Pool, Air Transport Auxiliary, was based at Hawarden between 5 November 1940 and 30 November 1945. Its veteran pilots ferried thousands of military aircraft from the factories and maintenance facilities at Hawarden and elsewhere to and from RAF and Naval squadrons throughout the UK.

On 1 July 1948 The de Havilland Aircraft Company took over the Vickers factory and over the years built the following aircraft types:

The company became part of Hawker Siddeley Aviation in the 1960s and the production of the Hawker Siddeley HS125 business jet, designed by de Havilland as the DH.125, became the main aircraft type produced by the factory for nearly forty years. Production (final assembly) was moved to the United States in 1996 when the 125 business was sold to the Raytheon Corporation. Some parts continued to be manufactured at Broughton for some years after. (Production of the aircraft stopped in 2013 due to the bankruptcy of then owner Hawker Beechcraft).

In 1977 the Broughton factory became part of British Aerospace operations. It is now owned and operated by Airbus, and has continued to be the centre of wing production for all models of Airbus commercial aircraft.

Airlines and destinations

Although there have been scheduled services to Hawarden in past years,including a service from Liverpool to london via Hawarden operated by British Eagle in the 1960s, there are currently no public scheduled passenger flights to the airport; most flights are chartered, or corporate, but the airport has frequent air freight flights provided by the Airbus Beluga to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg Finkenwerder and Bremen for Airbus. Airbus previously considered the A330-300 and A340-500 to require too much of the limited 1,663m (5,460 ft) runway 04 at Hawarden,[5] and chose the A330-200 as the base of a new version of the Beluga.[6] A runway extension was considered, but abandoned when Airbus chose the A330 which could use the existing runway.[7]

There are also regular bmi Regional Embraer EMB-145 shuttle flights to Bristol Lulsgate and Toulouse for Airbus workers.

A number of privately owned light aircraft are based at Hawarden. Police aircraft also operate from here.

North Wales Military Air Services (NWMAS) are also based here offering maintenance for classic military aircraft, such as the Jet Provost, Strikemaster and L-39, with three Strikemasters, one Jet Provost and an Aero L-39 operating from Hawarden for airshows and pilot training.

There is much private and general activity at the airport, adding considerably to the number of aircraft movements. Operators include APEM Ltd [8] Aviation Park Group, which provides air taxi and charter services, Flintshire Flying School,[9] NWMAS and Cheshire Police base a Eurocopter EC135 Helicopter at the airport. Also operating from Hawarden Airport is Williams Aviation Ltd,[10] which offers private jet charter.

As of September 2013, Aviation Park Group has almost completed a small passenger terminal at the airport. Once completed APG will start negotiations with commercial airlines to run routes to other airports in the UK and Europe.

The Airfield is 24 hours PPR (prior permission required).

Service centre

An aircraft service centre managed and owned separately from the Airbus operation is also located at the airport.

Raytheon Systems opened a new facility in 2003, to support the Raytheon Sentinel entering service with the Royal Air Force. Raytheon had a 125 and Beech 400 support centre on the airfield, which was renamed Hawker Beechcraft Ltd in early 2007.

The service centre has had a number of owners over the years, the most recent being Beechcraft (formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft, and before that Raytheon). However, on 3 September 2013, the operation was sold to Marshall Aerospace (Cambridge) for an undisclosed sum.[11]




  • Barfield, Norman. (2005) Broughton - from Wellington to Airbus. Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-2130-1
  • Smith, Ron. (2005) British Built Aircraft (Volume 5 Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3487-X

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