We all know the Airport has struggled for years to secure a decent range of airline companies to fly out of Cardiff on a permanent basis which has result in a limited range of destinations on offer, high prices and big falls in passenger numbers as they seek better deals and destination from other Airports, notably Bristol so why didn’t anyone in the Welsh Government or civil service know about the First bus company service extension to Bristol airport that is being launched in March or if they did why didn’t anyone flag up the consequences to their purchase of Cardiff Airport?
The bus company currently runs a coach form Swansea and Cardiff to Bristol, but will now pick up in Newport and stop ‘just metres’ from the check in desk at Bristol Airport according to their chief executive. There’s more on the story on The Wales Report tonight apparently and the link is HERE
The other thing is a Freedom of Information request from the Lib Dems asking about the WG’s Business case for purchasing the Airport and running it afterwards, fully expecting the WG to say no to giving out copies for commercial sensitivity, but and it could be the wording of the FOI request the Welsh Government said it had ‘ no documents that fit that description’ a truly staggering admission and one you would hope that now been exposed would result in questions to Carwyn, Edwina and any other Minister who appears in front of the press from now on.
Wales needs an airport that’s fit for purpose and delivers for the economy of South Wales, but we don’t need the First Minister and his colleagues making a bad situation worse. We have seen what’s happened to the Wales Tourist Board, WDA and ELW@ after they were taken into the civil service because of an act of political vanity and misguided ideological objections to the private sector by Rhodri Morgan, let’s hope Carwyn Jones isn't making the same mistakes with Cardiff Airport.