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New airline will take over route on Monday says Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has just announced that a new airline, Citywing, will take over the Cardiff-Anglesey route on Monday

The provider of the Intra Wales Service withdrew their service without notice today, but we have secured an alternative carrier to enable the service to continue without interruption.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Cardiff-Anglesey flights suspended

Links Air's safety licence was suspended last October Credit: Links Air

The Cardiff-Anglesey air service has been grounded for at least two weeks. The twice-daily flights receive a £1.2 million annual subsidy from the Welsh Government but the airline, Links Air, had its safety licence suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority last October.

Since then, Links Air has sub-contracted the service to another operator but the Welsh Government is now expected to seek a deal with a new airline.

This announcement highlights the absolute shambles at the heart of the Welsh Labour Government ... to suspend the route without having secured a replacement operator puts the long term sustainability of the route under a cloud.

– Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies AM

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Port Talbot steelworks can survive and thrive, agrees task force

The taskforce was set up to draw up an action plan for workers after Tata Steel's announcement. Credit: ITV Wales

The need to retrain and re-skill steelworkers dominated the first meeting of the task force to set up in the wake of Tata Steel's job loss announcement.

Union representatives stressed that the redundancies are still proposals at present rather than actual job losses. During the meeting at the Senedd this afternoon, there was discussion of how demand for Welsh steel could be increased through an early start on projects such as the Swansea tidal lagoon. All those in attendance agreed that Tata's biggest British plan still has a long-term future.

The investment in the blast furnace three years ago is a 15 to 20 year investment, so the company has put its money where its mouth is. What the company is asking for now is simply a level playing field.

– Stuart Wilkie, Tata Steel

The Welsh Government says UK ministers need to do more about high energy costs and cheap Chinese imports. Those are issues where the UK Government in turn is saying that the EU needs to act.

Plaid Cymru say more help needed for 'thousands' of steel workers facing potential redundancies

Leanne Wood says Welsh Government could do more Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

The Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said the Welsh Government should do more on the steel crisis.

Her comments came, following reports that hundreds of jobs could go at TATA Steel in Wales.

“The Welsh Government has the ability to take action, but is choosing not to. This will be of no comfort to the thousands of steel workers across Wales who are facing potential redundancy when Tata makes its announcement later this week.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru wants to see the Welsh Government:

  • Establish a taskforce to look at protecting jobs
  • Temporarily nationalise parts of the industry to protect workers

The Welsh Government say they have worked consistently hard for the steel industry:

No one has worked harder for the steel industry in Wales than the Welsh Government. We have consistently championed Welsh steel makers and lobbied the UK Government and the EC on their behalf. It is well known that Tata, like the rest of the steel industry, has been facing extremely challenging operating conditions, but we cannot comment further at this time on what is unconfirmed speculation and rumour.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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