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A private charter flight carrying 19 FMNH members, arranged by Manx2.com – a corporate member of FMNH - departed the Isle of Man first thing in the morning for RAF Valley airport, where the group was accompanied around a range of popular heritage sites by an expert Blue Badge Guide.
Following the signing of a reciprocal agreement between FMNH and CADW (the Welsh Government's environment service) at the end of 2011, Friends of Manx National Heritage resident in the Isle of Man are able to use their membership cards at any of CADW's historic sites throughout Wales, and, likewise, CADW members can use their cards at Manx National Heritage sites.
Nicola Pemberton, Development and Administration Officer for FMNH, said: "We were overwhelmed by the response of our members to the first day trip to Anglesey, which sold out in less than 24 hours and the second was just as popular. Hopefully we'll have further visits to look forward to in the future."
Manx2.com Managing Director, David Buck said: "Now the arrangement with CADW and Friends of Manx National Heritage is established, it means members can access historic and cultural sites in both countries – and this will hopefully encourage more people to explore the two Islands. In addition to the FMNH trips to Anglesey, we're also working with CADW with a view to arranging similar inbound trips to the Isle of Man for their members.
"We are delighted to be able to continue our support for FMNH through renewing our corporate membership. There's no doubt the Isle of Man's rich heritage is a key attraction to potential visitors and support is crucial.
"We admire the work that Manx National Heritage does for our Island and we believe this arrangement with CADW will mutually benefit all parties involved."
Summer season starts 13th July
Following the success of last year's summer schedule between the Isle of Man and Anglesey, for summer 2012 weekly scheduled return flights – on Mondays and Fridays – will commence on Friday 13th July, continuing until Monday 10th September and are available to book through Manx2.com. Fares start from £39.00 one way including all taxes, booking fees and credit card charges.
Mr Buck continued: "Our summer season of flights between Anglesey and the Isle of Man proved very popular last year. The schedule – with return flights on Monday and Fridays – is designed to suit those looking for relaxed weekend breaks and longer holidays."
For more information on how to join FMNH go to www.friendsofmnh.org
Manx2.com is an Isle of Man-based company selling tickets for flights from the Isle of Man to Blackpool, Belfast, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Gloucester, Jersey, Oxford and Anglesey. It also has a contract with the Welsh Government to provide flights between Cardiff and Anglesey with partner carrier FLM Aviation. Manx2.com and its partners employ 60 staff on the Island and carry around 100,000 passengers every year. It has been voted the Island's best small company twice in three years at the annual IOM Newspapers Excellence Awards and in October 2010 Manx2.com topped a poll of air travel providers, to and from the Island, for giving the best service in an independent survey by Isle of Man Newspapers.
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