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EU debate: No threat to current Welsh jobs, says Airbus

Aerospace giant Airbus, which employs 6,000 workers in Flintshire, is the latest business to warn it would reconsider investing in the UK were Britain to leave the EU.

Paul Kahn, president of the plane maker's UK operation, said he thought it was "vital" that firms took a view on a so-called 'Brexit' - Britain exiting the EU - following a promised in/out referendum.

He told ITV News: "The reality is that we make our wings in Wales and we sell European aircraft. So we want to be in an environment where we can do that as efficiently and as competitively as possible.

"There is absolutely no threat to our current jobs or our current sites in the UK."

Watch the full interview here:


CityJet pulls flights from Cardiff Airport

CityJet Airline is to end its routes from Cardiff Airport to Paris and Edinburgh.

The Director of Cardiff Airport Debra Barber said after 18 months of operation, the airline has decided to stop flying services to Paris and Edinburgh from 29 June.

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We would like to reassure passengers immediately that these destinations will continue to be served from Cardiff. We know these routes serve both Welsh passengers travelling on business and leisure plus an important inbound market into Wales. As such, we are confident the services will be well used and continue to link Wales with Scotland and France respectively.”

– Debra Barber, Director or Cardiff Airport

Passengers currently booked to fly with CityJet beyond 29 June are asked to contact the airline directly.

Help to Buy gives 1,400 a boost to get on property ladder

The Help to Buy scheme enables buyers to purchase homes with the help of equity loans from the Welsh Government. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Almost 1,400 homes have been bought through the Welsh Help to Buy scheme since it was launched last year, according to figures released this morning.

The £170 million scheme allows first-time buyers and home-movers to buy new-build homes with assistance from the Welsh Government in the form of a shared equity loan.

Between January 2014 and March 2015, the Welsh Government provided £48.7million in equity loans, helping buyers purchase 1,378 homes worth a total of £245.7million. The majority of those using the scheme were first time buyers.

As well as helping people progress on the property ladder, the scheme has also proved to be great news for the housing industry, with 174 builders of all sizes across the country now offering Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loans on their properties.

With almost 1,400 completed sales and around 600 more in the pipeline, we’re on track to meet our ambition of supporting the completion of 5,000 new homes across Wales.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

The scheme is now being extended beyond March 31st 2016.


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