Welsh Lib Dems renew calls on Welsh Government to unveil airport plans

June 3, 2013 8:58 AM

Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister has today renewed her calls for the Welsh Government to draw up its aviation strategy and to redouble its efforts to ensure that Cardiff Airport is able to grow and compete.

Eluned Parrott said: "I have often said who owns the airport is of little relevance to the people of Wales, what they want is an airport that operates well and has a decent number of flights.

"The Welsh Government now own Cardiff Airport and they must ensure that it functions and grows. They urgently need put in place a Welsh Aviation Strategy setting out how they want air travel across Wales to develop and what they want it to deliver for Welsh economy.

"Taxpayers will rightly be watching every move made by the Welsh Government and alternative suggestions from other political parties. Taxpayers deserve to get good value for money and they need an assurance that the Welsh Government has a plan so that the airport doesn't become a black hole into which Welsh taxpayers cash gets thrown into with no tangible level of return.

"In terms of access to the airport the direct high quality bus link from the centre of Cardiff to Cardiff Airport is a must. The Welsh Government have been talking about this since 2009, we're now on our third transport minister since the plans were announced but we are nowhere closer to the route starting - this is an example of Labour's lacklustre approach to public transport in Wales."

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