Welsh first minister to discuss airport plans

Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 12:05
Posted by Scott Buckler

Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, is to join fellow first ministers at Downing Street in a bid to stress the importance of ensuring Cardiff Airport can remain a transport hub for the country to be proud of

Although the recent news has focused on debate over a proposed third runway at Heathrow and a potential new airport built in the Thames Estuary, Mr Jones has indicated he is not interested in getting drawn into debate over what is an essentially London-centric issue.

Former Swansea University economist John Ball told Wales Online the first minister is right to focus on Cardiff Airport, adding that improving transport links in the country is essential for economic growth.

ITV reports that Mr Jones has called for air passenger duty to be devolved, claiming it would help transport infrastructure in Wales to grow.

"We want to make sure that we help to build Cardiff Airport and, indeed, Anglesey Airport and other airports around Wales," he added.

Source: ©CILT UK

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