The Welsh Government faces criticism for paying £52 million for Cardiff Airport. Rival Bristol Airport suggests it's a high price to pay.
A 'Severnside Airport' would replace Cardiff and Bristol airports.
MEP Kay Swinburne is attacking proposals by the Welsh Government to buy Cardiff Airport. She's raised the matter in the European Parliament.
The service will be called the Cardiff Airport Express, and run from 1 August.
These are the details:
- Service will run every 20 minutes, seven days a week, from early morning to late at night
- Will stop at Cardiff Bus Station and Cardiff Bay
- Cost: £5 single, £8 return
- Reductions for children, and free for concessionary bus pass holders resident in Wales
- Leather seats, WiFi, extra luggage space
A new 'express' bus service linking Cardiff Airport with Cardiff city centre will operate from this Thursday, 1 August.
The Welsh Government - which took over the airport in March - says the service will provide more frequent, comfortable and speedier journeys for travellers between the airport and the capital.
A380 flies into Cardiff for the first time. http://t.co/1bvTlUU98d
An announcement is expected later on a new express bus service to Cardiff Airport. The Welsh Government took over the facility in March. Earlier this month a report submitted to a commission examining UK aviation capacity suggested it becomes a hub for Atlantic flights.
The largest commercial aircraft ever built will fly into Cardiff Airport today. The Airbus A380 is due to land at 9am this morning.
It will be the first time the plane has flown into Cardiff and will test the airport's ability to handle and aircraft its size in case one is diverted to it in future.
British Airways employs more than 800 people at its maintenance base (BAMC) at Cardiff airport.
The future of Cardiff Airport is going to be discussed at the Assembly today.
The Welsh Conservatives have called on the First Minister to set out his ambitions and targets for the airport.
It's after the Welsh government agreed a deal in March to buy the airport for £52m.
Welsh Tories want to use taxpayers money to build up Cardiff Airport and then sell it off to their mates for a pittance. That is Tory policy
Labour has responded to plans set out by the Welsh Conservatives to boost the fortunes of Cardiff Airport with a view to re-privatising it by saying that the decision to accept the airport's public ownership is a 'welcome u-turn.'
After months of burying his head in the sand, it's encouraging to see Andrew RT Davies now finally making this welcome u-turn and backing the Welsh Labour Government's interventionist approach.The Welsh Conservatives have been swimming against a wave of public opinion so it's no surprise to see them change tack and finally admit they've got it wrong.
– Vaughan Gething AM, Labour
We welcome the fact the Welsh Tories have joined the Welsh Labour Government in calling for the devolution of Air Passenger Duty. We now look forward to them stating publicly what representations they’ve made to the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer on this issue.
The Welsh Government has responded to the Welsh Conservatives' plans to pay back the money they say every taxpayer has invested in Cardiff Airport.
"It has always been our intention for the Airport to be successful as possible in a highly competitive industry, managed at arm’s length from Government on a commercial for-profit basis. Whilst we do not rule out future changes to the operational model, we are satisfied that we have the right structure in place to enable the Airport to move forward with confidence as a major piece of economic infrastructure for Wales and a high-quality facility for passengers.
– Welsh Government spokesman
"While the Airport actively engages with international carriers with the aim of increasing both passenger numbers and freight capacity, we continue to explore options for improved infrastructure links to the Airport site and have already asked the Silk Commission for the devolution of Air Passenger Duty to Wales."