William Powell AM questions First Minister on the impact of Cardiff Airport purchase on rural Welsh airports
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, has this week called on the First Minister to outline how he envisages the potential purchase of Cardiff Airport by the Welsh Government to impact upon some of Wales' important rural airports such as Pembrey in Carmarthenshire and Welshpool, Powys.
William Powell AM said:
"Any substantial change in the way Cardiff Airport is operated and owned has the potential to impact seriously upon the numerous small rural airports located across Mid and West Wales.
Pembrey West Wales Airport for instance currently provides an important link both to Pembrey Circuit and Ffos las Racecourse & Conference Centre. Given this it is essential that the benefits it brings to the local Carmarthenshire economy are not compromised by Cardiff centric thinking in Cardiff Bay.
Welshpool Airport also functions as a rural base for the invaluable Wales Air Ambulance. Given the chronic mismanagement of rural health services by the Welsh Government, the fast, reliable and life saving provision offered by the Air Ambulance must be maintained.
As such it is essential that the Welsh Government provides a detailed and comprehensive business case for any purchase which outlines how they intend to integrate the airport with other facilities across the country.