Haverfordwest airport could be leased out as part of plans to make the council-run facility, currently forecast for a £119,000 deficit, cost-neutral to the authority.

At the March 26 meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s services overview and scrutiny committee members received a report on the airport, stating: “Following an extensive review of the operations of the airport, this loss has been considerably reduced, however the airport continues to operate at a loss.”

Five options were presented to members as ways of making the airport cost-zero. Some informal conversations have taken place around the favoured option, to “a well-established aviation company who is an existing stakeholder with a good track record”, members heard.

“Following these discussions, it seems there is a potential that the council would be able to agree a lease of the airport to an experienced and

It finished: “This option would make the airport cost neutral to the council from the day the lease is signed whilst also ensuring that an operational airport remains for Pembrokeshire to benefit from.”

Members unanimously approved to back the option, proposed by Cllr Di Clements. A final, more detailed recommendation is to be presented to the council’s Cabinet at a future meeting.