Flight path for Welsh growth

WITH plans to nationalise Cardiff Airport still up in the air, we need some blue-sky thinking to really see passenger numbers take off.

As a regular business traveller from Cardiff Airport, I often meet high-fliers who feel they have landed on their feet with easy-peasy parking and swift security checks. The Flybe route from Cardiff to Edinburgh offers a convenient commute to the Scottish capital, which is enjoying a high level of inward investment. Tapping into this network is the flight path for Welsh growth and a departure from our dependence on the public sector for jobs. In the long haul Cardiff Airport will spread its wings through plane and simple business travel, without the excess baggage of nationalisation.

Katie Redmond Conservative Party Candidate Monmouthshire

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10:20pm Wed 23 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

it should not need government subsides if there was a true demand, why is it that Bristol airport is booming and Cardiff is in vast decline.
it should not need government subsides if there was a true demand, why is it that Bristol airport is booming and Cardiff is in vast decline. scraptheWAG
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10:42pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that.
Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that. Llanmartinangel
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9:25am Thu 24 Jan 13

Bobevans says...

Some people are misunderstanding this. The Welsh Assembly cannot subsdidise Cardiff Airport

They cannot even operate it directly. THey will have to set up an arms length company to operate it. That alone will be a problem as the Airport is loss making

Cardiff airport also faces the potential loss of FlyBe trafficf

. THe new Direct Express Coach service from Swansea via Cardiff and Newport to Bristol Airport will also affect it as well the new GWR rasil service to Heathrow when the line is electrified
Some people are misunderstanding this. The Welsh Assembly cannot subsdidise Cardiff Airport They cannot even operate it directly. THey will have to set up an arms length company to operate it. That alone will be a problem as the Airport is loss making Cardiff airport also faces the potential loss of FlyBe trafficf . THe new Direct Express Coach service from Swansea via Cardiff and Newport to Bristol Airport will also affect it as well the new GWR rasil service to Heathrow when the line is electrified Bobevans
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9:47am Thu 24 Jan 13

Owain Vaughan says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that.
You normally post a lot of sense, but unless your first sentence is sarcastic it needs correcting. There are parts of the West of England that are more affluent than Wales and parts that are less. These things are never black and white across arbitrary borders. The one part you do have right though is the cluelessness of politicians!
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that.[/p][/quote]You normally post a lot of sense, but unless your first sentence is sarcastic it needs correcting. There are parts of the West of England that are more affluent than Wales and parts that are less. These things are never black and white across arbitrary borders. The one part you do have right though is the cluelessness of politicians! Owain Vaughan
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9:56am Thu 24 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Owain Vaughan wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that.
You normally post a lot of sense, but unless your first sentence is sarcastic it needs correcting. There are parts of the West of England that are more affluent than Wales and parts that are less. These things are never black and white across arbitrary borders. The one part you do have right though is the cluelessness of politicians!
You are right Owain. (lazy shorthand on my part). It is in an affluent part of England within a reasonable catchment area, Bristol, Bath, Wells, Taunton and Exeter. In addition, it can be easily reached from Cheltenham and South East Wales (it is nearer to me than Cardiff is). Result is that they have sufficient year round traffic to make flights viable
[quote][p][bold]Owain Vaughan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Bristol is in affluent England. The catchment for the airport has money to spend on second homes and year round holidays. Wales is poor and its politicians are clueless on how to change that.[/p][/quote]You normally post a lot of sense, but unless your first sentence is sarcastic it needs correcting. There are parts of the West of England that are more affluent than Wales and parts that are less. These things are never black and white across arbitrary borders. The one part you do have right though is the cluelessness of politicians![/p][/quote]You are right Owain. (lazy shorthand on my part). It is in an affluent part of England within a reasonable catchment area, Bristol, Bath, Wells, Taunton and Exeter. In addition, it can be easily reached from Cheltenham and South East Wales (it is nearer to me than Cardiff is). Result is that they have sufficient year round traffic to make flights viable Llanmartinangel
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9:40am Fri 25 Jan 13

Mervyn James says...

Bristol will stop it perhaps, they have complained to Europe (Worth a try them clowns will agree to any loony tunes), claiming it is abuse of the law to fund private enterprises with tax payers money. Nothing to do with the extra trade they would get if it closes of course.
Bristol will stop it perhaps, they have complained to Europe (Worth a try them clowns will agree to any loony tunes), claiming it is abuse of the law to fund private enterprises with tax payers money. Nothing to do with the extra trade they would get if it closes of course. Mervyn James
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12:57pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Llanmartinangel says...

Mervyn James wrote:
Bristol will stop it perhaps, they have complained to Europe (Worth a try them clowns will agree to any loony tunes), claiming it is abuse of the law to fund private enterprises with tax payers money. Nothing to do with the extra trade they would get if it closes of course.
Well it would be against the law IF Cardiff were to gain an unfair advantage over Bristol due to taxpayer subsidy so in that respect the competition commission would be correct. That said, the playing field is level at the moment and Bristol seems to have won.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Bristol will stop it perhaps, they have complained to Europe (Worth a try them clowns will agree to any loony tunes), claiming it is abuse of the law to fund private enterprises with tax payers money. Nothing to do with the extra trade they would get if it closes of course.[/p][/quote]Well it would be against the law IF Cardiff were to gain an unfair advantage over Bristol due to taxpayer subsidy so in that respect the competition commission would be correct. That said, the playing field is level at the moment and Bristol seems to have won. Llanmartinangel
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